De Lima: Releasing Napoles list would cause 'mayhem'

Posted at 04/25/14 3:15 PM

MANILA (1st UPDATE) - Justice Secretary Leila de Lima on Friday rejected calls for her to release the list of people named by businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles as allegedly being involved in the multi-billion peso pork barrel scam.

She told reporters she would not prematurely release the list because it would cause "mayhem."

De Lima said it would be more prudent to validate Napoles' claims first.

According to former Senator Ping Lacson, who was given a list by the Napoles camp, the businesswoman named more than 100 people, including at least 10 other senators, aside from Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon Revilla.

De Lima said she would not to bow down to pressure stemming from reports about Napoles' list being released by various quarters.

She believes this is part of the reason why "lists" are coming out, precisely to pressure her into releasing the names Napoles gave her.

De Lima said those who are releasing supposed lists obtained from Napoles are "nagpapagulo lang (just trying to muddle)."

"Pwede ba, huwag na muna kayo makialam? Marami na naman kasing nakikialam. Nagugulat ako sa ganyang mga balita," was the justice chief's message to those who are releasing their supposed "lists."

On Whistleblowers Association President Sandra Cam, who supposedly also has her own list, De Lima said Cam has no personality and no standing in this issue because she is not a whistleblower in the "pork" scam, and neither is she an investigator.

"Ano personality nya? Is she an investigator? Is she with the Ombudsman? Whistleblower ba siya sa PDAF [Priority Development Assistance Fund] scam? Siya ang presidente ng Whistleblowers Association, but she is not a whistleblower in the pdaf scam," she said.

The justice chief said she will ask Napoles' camp if, indeed, they gave out lists to other people, saying she is not aware of it.

De Lima will meet with pork barrel scam whistleblowers and witnesses to dialogue with them either on Wednesday or Thursday next week on Napoles "tell-all."