Janet Lim Napoles, the alleged brains behind the pork barrel rip-off, can not be made a state witness on the pending Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) rip-off instances.
But she will be able to additionally be not included in the new charges that can stem from the reinvestigation of the PDAF rip-off, mentioned Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero.
“But with respect to cases yet to be filed against a new set of accused, he can decide to include or not to include her, in which case she won’t even be a state witness. She just won’t be included in the information to be filed by the justice department,” the senator mentioned.
“It’s up to the DOJ (Department of Justice) whether or not to include her in the information,” he added.
Escudero stood supportive of the deliberate reinvestigation of the PDAF rip-off by the DOJ particularly since quite a few different alleged lawmakers have been implicated in Napoles’ rip-off and different teams that equally carried out the identical scheme however had been omitted by the previous administration.
The senator famous that in one of many affidavits executed by Napoles, she made point out of a number of names of senators.
Yet, solely three – former Senators Jinggoy Estrada, Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. and Juan Ponce Enrile – had been charged with plunder.
The senator careworn that that such effort ought to show to be apolitical and never a mere witch-hunt as what had been perceived in the previous, through the Aquino administration.
“It should push through because that is in a way, it is accurate and number two, the total pork barrel scam involved—if I’m not mistaken it’s about P12 billion or P13 billion according to the Commission on Audit (COA),” he mentioned.
“The Janet Lim Napoles’ (faux) NGOs (non-government organizations) solely coated P6 billion of that. So, you continue to have a giant chunk of pork barrel funds that had been course by means of numerous NGOs and numerous different schemes that weren’t even taken up by the Senate. (It was) not even taken up by COA, by the Ombudsman nor the Sandiganbayan. So there’s nonetheless a lot—a lot to do with respect to the pork barrel rip-off.
Wala pa nga sa kalahati yata ang iniimbestigahan ngayon at kinakasuhan ngayon kumpara sa protection ng pork barrel
rip-off, in line with COA,” he added.