Senators welcome Drilon move to invite Napoles at ‘pork’ hearing-A A +A
Thursday, October 17, 2013
SENATOR Jinggoy Estrada on Thursday said the decision of Senate President Franklin Drilon to allow Janet Napoles to testify in the Senate is a welcome development, especially to senators linked to the pork barrel scam.
"It is just right and proper that Janet Napoles be allowed to speak for the truth. To preserve the independence and the power of the Senate to investigate, the subpoena for Janet Lim should have been given in the first place and the senate should never yield this power to an external body," said Estrada.
Earlier, Senator Ramon Bong Revilla said the presence of Napoles to the hearing of the blue ribbon committee into the pork barrel controversy will allow Senate members linked to the scam to ask and to scrutinize her statement. Napoles herself can speak for the truth, Revilla said.
Revilla said the accusations hurled against them are foul and it has already affected their families and their dignity.
Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. expressed confidence that he and those being implicated in the scam will be cleared when Napoles testifies next week.
Marcos, together with Senator Loren Legarda, is being dragged into the controversy as among those legislators who allegedly gave their priority development assistance funds to fake non-government organizations of Napoles.
"The entire nation deserves to know the truth behind this issue. But more importantly, as a matter of this very vilified condition, I want the truth to come out as I am confident that it would eventually clear my name and other colleagues from any allegation of wrongdoing," Marcos said in a statement.
"As I have said before, I will extend my full cooperation and support in the effort to bring out the truth behind this controversy so that we, the country, and the people can move on in the task of nation-building," he added.
Napoles' aid Merlina Sunas, who had been with Napoles for 12 years, said she served as conduit for Legarda and Marcos and was in-charge of the processing of the requirement for the project of the two senators.
Napoles is currently detained at Fort Sto. Domingo in Santa Rosa, Laguna for serious illegal detention of former aid and pork scam whistleblower Benhur Luy. (Camille P. Balagtas/Sunnex)