Senate panel all set for Napoles testimony on November 7-A A +A
Monday, November 4, 2013
THE Senate Blue Ribbon Committee is all set for the testimony of Janet Lim-Napoles, alleged mastermind in the pork barrel fund scam, on November 7.
Senator Teofisto Guingona III, committee chair, said that although some senators are requesting to move the hearing schedule at a later date, he opted to push through with it to avoid complication and confusion.
"The Senate blue ribbon committee will push through with its November 7 hearing with Ms. Janet Lim-Napoles and the whistleblowers. The hearing will start at 10 a.m.," Guingona said.
Guingona said that all security measures are now in place as well as the approval of the court allowing Napoles to attend the hearing.
Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Jose Balajadia Jr. said the strict implementation of security rules will be in coordination with the Philippine National Police (PNP).
Balajadia, a retired army general, described Napoles as a high risk security personality prompting the Senate to request 60 to 80 police enforcers from the Pasay City PNP to make sure that the area inside the Senate and the vicinity around the Senate-GSIS bldg., in Pasay City will be secured.
Napoles is now detained at the Fort Santo Domingo in Sta. Rosa, Laguna for an illegal detention case filed against him by her former employee.
Senator Sergio Osmeña III, vice chair of the Senate Blue Ribbon committee, proposed to move the hearing to November 18, as many senators are still out of town or out of the country since Congress is now on recess.
Napoles is expected to appear and testify and will have to do it face to face with her accuser, whistleblower Benhur Luy and other witnesses who have been invited to attend and speak the truth before the investigating body.
Senator Alan Peter Cayetano assured that he will attend the hearing this November 7, saying that justice cannot wait. (Camille P. Balagtas/Sunnex)