Enrile urges Napoles: Tell the truth, it will set me free

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 07 2013 05:19 PM | Updated as of Nov 08 2013 01:21 AM

Blasts Miriam for turning hearing into a 'parody of justice'

MANILA - Senator Juan Ponce Enrile urged businesswoman Janet Napoles to tell the truth “no matter who is hurt, as only the truth will set me free.”

Enrile said he was compelled to issue a statement on today's Senate hearing “lest my silence in the face of the most outrageous allegations will be construed against me.”

He insisted he was innocent of the charges filed against him.

The former Senate President, who allegedly cornered P172 million in kickbacks, also blasted some of his colleagues for making “a parody of justice” out of the hearing today.

He said: “[For] some very members of the committee to use the Blue Ribbon hearing to make wild-eyed charges, baseless assumptions, and false accusations today converted the investigation into a parody of justice. They should lead the facts to a just conclusion instead of corralling to their own predilections into a preordained conclusion.”

Enrile did not name names, but it was Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago who earlier prodded Napoles to tag him as the “most guilty” in the pork scam.

Santiago tried to break the icy stance of Napoles by suggesting she become state witness by telling who the most guilty is.

“Tuturuan kita, sabihin mo na lahat ng gusto mong sabihin, para di ka na ipapatay,” she said. “They’re planning your murder.”

Sensing Napoles would invoke her right against self-incrimination, Santiago later asked her if Enrile was the most guilty. Napoles answered, “hindi ko alam.”

“Ows? Hindi mo alam? Ako, alam ko e. Dahil napakalawak ng sakop nya e, empire nya e,” Santiago said.

She claimed Enrile is so powerful that he goes to the comfort room with guards around him holding firearms.

She told Napoles not to underestimate Enrile. “May asim pa si Tanda.” -- with a report from Lynda Jumilla, ABS-CBN News