Janet Lim Napoles, dubbed because the architect of the most important corruption scandal to rock the nation in latest historical past, ought to return her all of the wealth that she acquired by funneling lawmakers’ Priority Development Assistance Fund to her ghost initiatives.
Senator Leila de Lima on Thursday issued the problem to Napoles in addition to to Justice Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre II amid efforts by the federal government to show the alleged pork barrel scam mastermind into state witness.
De Lima mentioned that is the one option to show to the general public that Napoles just isn’t essentially the most responsible.
“Aguirre is making a tempting offer for Napoles that is too hard to resist, that is to tell everything she knows against the expanded list of suspects in the pork barrel fund scam in exchange for her security, survival or political concessions,” she mentioned.
“If the government really sees her as a credible state witness because it thinks she is a ‘minimal player’ in the multi-billion pork barrel fund scandal, I challenge Napoles to return the wealth she has acquired from all her illegal transactions,” De Lima added.
Napoles, following the expose of the PDAF scam, was reported to have quite a few luxurious residential properties, together with these within the United States, quantity to about P495.1 million, in addition to some 30 high-end autos.
She had claimed that she inherited her wealth from her dad and mom and thru a worthwhile coal mining enterprise.
Aguirre is reported to be critically entertaining the thought of turning Napoles right into a state witness within the deliberate re-investigation of the pork barrel scam.
But De Lima mentioned such transfer might solely be a part of a plan to go after administration’s critics and opponents by linking them to the scm.
“This government is using Napoles to blackmail and bully its critics and opponents. It will stop at nothing unless it can silence its dissenters and have their merry way of plunging our country into disaster,” she mentioned.