Napoles just incriminated herself - analyst

By Ira Pedrasa,

Posted at May 28 2014 12:43 PM | Updated as of May 29 2014 01:27 AM

MANILA - Businesswoman Janet Napoles has just incriminated herself in her own affidavit and the prosecution is free to use this to pounce on her guilt, an analyst said.

In an interview with radio dzMM, San Beda College Graduate School of Law Dean Ranhilio Aquino noted Napoles had already admitted to her guilt when she mentioned in her affidavit that she is sorry for what she has done.

Her quote in Filipino says: “Kaya nais ko pong ipaalam sa lahat ang aking pagsisisi at paghingi ng tawad - una sa Diyos at pangalawa sa sambayanang Pilipino na naapektuhan nito. Hindi ko rin akalain na ako ay halos itakwil o itatwa ng mga matataas na opisyal ng pamahalaan na gumamit sa akin at ang ilan sa kanila ay ipinagkaila na kilala ako.”

Aquino said: "That paragraph is incriminatory. It is admissible against her in court."

He said this will not stop Napoles from entering a not guilty plea, however. The businesswoman also wants to become state witness, noting she is not the "most guilty" in the case.

Aquino said that with all the goings on in the case, "even the legal community is already confused. I can understand the frustration of the public."

In her affidavit, Napoles named 20 incumbent and former senators, including the three already investigated by the Office of the Ombudsman: Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada, and Bong Revilla.

Aquino appealed that a special fact-finding body composed of credible members be created to look into the entire scheme.

"There are a lot of trustworthy people at the Department of Justice, but the institution has already been compromised. There’s no harm in creating this fact-finding body. We’ve done it before.”

He also dismissed Budget Secretary Florencio Abad’s suggestion to focus on the prosecution of those earlier named in the pork scam.

“Now that his name has come out, the public also wants to know his involvement,” Aquino said.

The affidavits from Napoles should not delay the probe already initiated, however.

"I am not saying we should delay, but let’s not ignore the new statements.”

The latest development can’t also be used by Enrile and the others. “Unless the affidavit exonerates them,” Aquino said.