Napoles lawyer says she executed a 'sworn statement'

Posted at 04/22/14 3:04 PM

MANILA - The lawyer of Janet Napoles said the businesswoman executed a “sworn statement” when she met with Justice Secretary Leila de Lima on Monday night.

Lawyer Bruce Rivera refused to divulge the details, but he confirmed what de Lima had already mentioned to the media.

“That’s precisely it… She’s willing to tell all. She’s given a statement on the matter.”

De Lima went to Malacanang to get clearance from President Benigno Aquino III before she met Napoles.

The Ombudsman has yet to file plunder and graft cases against those linked to the pork barrel scam, which also allegedly involves allies of Malacanang. Those indicted by the Ombudsman can submit a motion for reconsideration.

De Lima's meeting Monday with Napoles at the Ospital ng Makati lasted 5 hours beginning 10:00 p.m.

Rivera said Napoles had long wanted to talk to de Lima. “I can’t speculate as to why several meetings failed.”

The meeting came ahead of the scheduled surgery of Napoles on Tuesday night.

He said the surgery could have prompted Napoles to finally reveal what she knows of the scam.

“Any person who undergoes surgery, there is always a risk,” he said.

Rivera, however, clarified “there was no statement” on the request of Napoles to turn state witness. “There was no expectation, since there was also no guarantee, promise.”

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago earlier suggested Napoles should write a testimony in case anything bad happens to her.

“Any adverse event could prevent Napoles from fully identifying the senators and congressmen with whom she had PDAF transactions. For example, any of the suspects could hire operatives to silence her, or she might inflict physical damage on herself. She might contract a life-threatening ailment. For any of these reasons, the Rules of Court allows her to give her testimony well before trial,” Santiago had said.

She said this procedure is called perpetuation of testimony, which will allow the preservation of a testimony even before the start of a trial.