MANILA - Janet Lim Napoles, the businesswoman at the center of the pork barrel scam scandal rocking government, now wants to tell the truth, her lawyer Lorna Kapunan said Thursday.
Kapunan said the Napoles camp is open to the proposal made by Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago for the perpetuation of her testimony, which will allow the preservation of a testimony even before trial begins.
No criminal charges have been filed in court against Napoles in connection with the pork barrel scam.
A complaint for plunder is still pending before the Ombudsman which will determine if there is probable cause to file charges in court against Napoles and government officials tagged in the scam.
Santiago made the suggestion previously in case something happens to Napoles.
"Any adverse event could prevent Napoles from fully identifying the senators and congressmen with whom she had PDAF transactions. For example, any of the suspects could hire operatives to silence her, or she might inflict physical damage on herself. She might contract a life-threatening ailment. For any of these reasons, the Rules of Court allows her to give her testimony well before trial," Santiago said.
Kapunan, however, said if Napoles is called by the Senate, she will advise her client not to appear and is within her right to decline the invitation.
She said Napoles wants to tell the truth in the proper forum.
Santiago earlier said Napoles should write her testimony in the pork barrel scam in case anything bad happens to her.
The senator also said Napoles' petition should include the names of persons whom she allegedly transferred pork barrel funds.
"It can reasonably be expected that Napoles will name the senators and representatives as expected adverse parties," Santiago said.