Make public Napoles' list: whistleblowers group

Posted at 05/05/14 1:21 PM

MANILA - As a matter of public interest, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima should reveal the list given to her by Janet Lim Napoles of lawmakers who took part in the "pork barrel scam," and make public, in full, Napoles' sworn statement.

This was urged by the Whistleblowers Association of the Philippines in a one-page letter to De Lima.

Sandra Cam and Melchor Magdamo personally delivered the letter to the justice chief's office. They did not seek an audience with her.

"This is to formalize in writing a popular public clamor for the '... [implementation] of the [Constitutional] policy of full public disclosure of all transactions involving public interest' (Art II, Sec 28) and the Constitutional 'right of the people to information on matters of public concern (Art III, Sec 7) in connection with the 'tell all' statement of Janet Lim Napoles," the letter read.

Cam expressed apprehension of a sanitized list, meant to spare administration allies, should De Lima continue to refuse to make it public.

"Sa listahan ko, 80% ng mga pangalan ay administration allies; not all Liberal Party but allies of this administration," Cam said.

An "unimpeachable" male source gave her the list, days before De Lima met Napoles at the Ospital ng Makati last April 21, Cam claimed.

On that list, 16 senators were named: Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Bong Revilla, and Jinggoy Estrada, who are already charged before the Office of the Ombudsman, 10 more incumbent senators, and 3 former senators; 82 congressmen were also named.


Cam refuses to reveal the names on her list, and stressed that it is De Lima's duty, as public servant, to make it public.

"Sinuswelduhan siya ni Juan Dela Cruz, dapat ilabas niya ang listahan," Cam said.

However, should she be summoned to appear before the Senate with De Lima, Cam said she is willing to face off with the justice chief and reveal her own list.

"Wala na akong kinatatakutan," Cam said.

Suspicious-looking vehicles without license plates are allegedly frequenting the area where she lives, but Cam said any tactic will not prevent her from making noise about the issue.

Magdamo, meantime, stressed that Napoles' affidavit, the one executed just before her surgery, should be made public. Magdamo said it is part of human nature to tell the truth when faced with the possibility of death.

"It's the one closest to the truth, the one executed just before her surgery," Magdamo said.

The group is also poised to file a petition with the Supreme Court (SC) within the week, which will urge the high court to compel De Lima to make public Napoles' list and affidavit.