What will Napoles tell the Senate?-A A +A
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
THE Senate yesterday issued a subpoena to Janet Napoles, alleged mastermind in the pork barrel fraud, almost a month after the Blue Ribbon committee's first attempt to summon her.
Senate President Franklin Drilon didn't sign the earlier subpoena and the ombudsman said Janet's testimony before the committee would affect the anti-graft body's investigation of the complaint of plunder against Janet and 23 others accused with her.
Drilon, sensing the public outrage, has since turned around. There are still uncertainties though:
* Will the ombudsman relent and let Napoles testify before the Senate?
* Even if Napoles finally appears at the committee, how much will she tell the senators and the nation?
It will be naive to think that Janet's testimony will unlock floodgates of information about the multibillion-peso scandal, which rocked the nation before the Oct. 15 earthquake literally outdid it.
Janet may no longer throw the blanket denial at probers, which she did before she took flight from the earlier charge of illegal detention, but she's not also likely "to tell all."
Unless she's given immunity, which is unlikely because of public opposition, Janet will be stingy with her revelations and profuse with the plea against self-incrimination.
God as witness
There will be a show on Nov. 7, as Janet will meet face-to-face with former accomplices who squealed on their former boss.
The public will be entertained. But it may hear mostly protestations of innocence from the woman who once said she owned the government and God would be her witness.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 22, 2013.