MANILA - Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino said Janet Napoles' children should not be spared in the prosecution of the pork barrel scam.
"How can her children be spared from this investigation when whistleblowers revealed that they were the ones forging the signatures of Malampaya Fund ghost beneficiaries," Aquino said.
The whistleblowers claimed Napoles’ children, Jo Christine and James Christopher, allegedly received the funds that were funneled to bogus non-government organizations if she was not at home.
"Testimonies show that they are major participants in this scheme and should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law and not be treated with kids’ gloves," he said.
Napoles earlier asked for immunity for her children as she promised she will thresh out details of the modus.
In reaction, Malacanang officials said her affidavit should be submitted first before any demands could be discussed.
Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said she should "put her money where her mouth is."
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said the businesswoman’s complete affidavit is set to be submitted today before the Senate, which earlier subpoenaed the documents.
Aquino said the Senate now awaits Napoles' discharge from the hospital so that she can be called anew for investigation.
Napoles earlier admitted giving her daughter, Jeane, a Porsche Cayenne and a Porsche Boxster.
The younger Napoles had to delete her Instagram accounts after she found herself in the middle of an online firestorm due to her lavish lifestyle.
Her Instagram accounts showed photos of Porsche cars, designer bags, expensive shoes, and jewelry her parents bought for her.