Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan on Wednesday (May 10) denounced reported plans by the federal government to show Janet Lim Napoles into a state witness within the persevering with litigation of the pork barrel scam case.
Turning an alleged mastermind within the case to become a state witness is meaningless, the senator mentioned.
“Malaking kababalaghan kung gagawin mong state witness kung sino yung sya mismong nakipagsabwatan sa napakaraming kongresista at senador. Hindi tama ito,” he informed reporters.
“Hindi tama ito. I think this is legally questionable. Hindi sya qualified maging state witness dahil kung tutuusin, sya ang mastermind. Sya ang gumawa ang paran para yung iba’t ibang kongressista ay nakasama dito sa paggamit ng PDAF (Priority Development Assistance Fund) sa mg ghost projects at mga bogus na organization tapos sya magiging state witness?” Pangilinan added.
Talk of Napoles presumably turning into a state witness surfaced after the Court of Appeals acquitted her within the unlawful detention case filed by her cousin and former aide, Benhur Luy.
Should plans to show Napoles into a state witness push by means of, the senator mentioned it’s seemingly she is going to solely fabricate her testimony to avoid wasting her personal pores and skin.
“Syempre , ito life imprisonment, ito reclusion perpetua ang kaparusahan tapos sasabihin sa ‘yo ‘pwede ka na makalaya.’ Kahit ano sasabihin nyan para makalaya (sya). Hindi tama ‘yan,” he mentioned.