Napoles insists innocence in 'pork scam'

from a report by Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 13 2014 08:10 PM | Updated as of May 14 2014 07:18 AM

'I'm not a bad person, I help the poor'

MANILA - Businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles insists she's innocent in the multibillion-peso pork barrel scam, according to an unsigned affidavit that former Senator Panfilo "Ping" Lacson submitted to the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee on Tuesday.

Napoles did not admit to any wrongdoing, based on a copy of the 30-page affidavit obtained by ABS-CBN News.

She believes that her business was legitimate.

"Honorable Ombudsman, please understand my situation. I am a simple person who wanted to earn for my family. As a person who is only a high school graduate, I then sincerely believe that what I am doing is a legitimate and righteous business," the affidavit reads.

"Had I known that giving commission is illegal, I would have not done such thing," it adds. "I was working in the premise that since I was delivering fully and in some instances more than what I should that it would even things out."

Napoles' affidavit claims she is not a bad person.

"I am not a bad person, there are people who can attest to that. I always help people who ask for my assistance. I do not benefit from the transactions alone," it says

'In fact, I have formed foundations to help others and do charity works," says the affidavit, which listed the foundations Napoles allegedly organized to help the poor.

"I always believed that when I was dealing with high-ranking government officials and as long as I am delivering the goods to the people that everything is with in the acceptable standards," the document says.

Napoles says in the affidavit that she wants to be a state witness.

The unsigned affidavit also has details on how "agents" allegedly approached Napoles and others involved in the scam.

Lacson did not explain why Napoles' supposed affidavit is unsigned.