Ombudsman gets Napoles affidavits

by Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 04 2014 05:51 PM | Updated as of Jun 05 2014 01:51 AM

MANILA - The Department of Justice (DOJ) has submitted to the Ombudsman copies of Janet Napoles' affidavits with the accompanying request of her lawyers for immunity from cases in connection with the pork barrel scam.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said the DOJ continues to vet and validate the claims of Napoles in her affidavits.

"We will be deferring to the discretion and the judgment of the Ombudsman on that point. Kami, we are continuing with our vetting, validation, fact-finding. Kasi sa tingin ko alam ko, karamihan ng tao, gusto ring malaman alin sa mga sinabi ni Ms. Napoles doon sa kanyang dalawang affidavits ang totoo in the sense na may basehan. At 'pag sinabi kong may basehan, kino-confirm din ni Benhur Luy at iba pang whistleblowers at mayroong documentary support din katulad ng nauna na naming na-file na charges," she said.

Napoles is accused of masterminding the alleged P10 billion pork barrel scam. Whistleblowers said Napoles connived with lawmakers and officials of implementing agencies to funnel priority development assistance funds (PDAF) to NGOs she set up.

The businesswoman recently submitted two affidavits linking several senators and congressmen to the scam. Napoles is asking the Department of Justice to grant her immunity in exchange for her testimony in the pork barrel and Malampaya fund scams.

Meanwhile, De Lima said the third batch of PDAF cases may be filed soon but could not specify a date when these could be filed.
"Halos tapos na ang mga preparations ng third batch. We're just gonna look for the proper date na i-fa-file," she said.