Pandora's box: VACC, Reform Philippines back Napoles as state witness

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 12 2017 02:46 PM | Updated as of May 12 2017 03:35 PM

A bid to tap businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles to become a state witness against pork barrel scam personalities has received the support of both the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption and Reform Philippines Coalition.

"Kung may mga new found evidence and witnesses, puwede siyang maging testigo. It will open Pandora's box," Dante Jimenez, Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption founder, said in an interview on DZMM.

In 2013, the VACC was among the groups that urged the government to file plunder charges against Napoles and then-senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada, and Bong Revilla for the misuse of their respective Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

Napoles' camp has been in talks with the Justice Department over the possibility of being a government witness after the Court of Appeals overturned her conviction in the illegal detention case "based on reasonable doubt."

"The name of the game really is power play... It seems to us na si Napoles ay binigyan lang ng opening para makakuha ng pera sa PDAF scam," Jimenez said.

Reform Philippines Coalition chair Greco Belgica said Napoles should be given the chance to say her piece provided she has evidence to back her claims.

"Basta totoo, basta may ebidensya, yun ang mahalaga... Kung wala, useless," Belgica said in an interview on DZMM.

"Kapag inisip mo naman, talagang she has something to say. Noong nakaraang administrasyon, she was put to jail to shut up," Belgica added.

The Justice Department is considering Napoles' state witness bid after the former contractor said she is willing to name more personalities involved in the multi-billion peso scam.