Whistleblowers appear at Senate hearing on ‘pork’ scam-A A +A
Thursday, September 26, 2013
SIX people who claimed to have knowledge in the alleged multi-billion pork barrel scam masterminded by businesswoman Janet Napoles appeared in the fifth hearing of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee Thursday.
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, who earlier defied a subpoena issued by the committee, admitted that she was hesitant to bring the whistleblowers, citing risks to their safety.
Among those present were Gertrudes Luy, Marina Sula, Merlina Sunas and their lawyers.
Senator Teofisto Guingona III, the panel’s chairman, appreciated de Lima's compliance with the latest order to produce the witnesses.
"While we honor the subpoena issued by the committee, we just wish our perspectives be appreciated," de Lima told the committee.
She also asked the Senate not to press names of those not yet charged in the pork barrel scam. (Sunnex)