Napoles list: If Senate won't do it, House will

Posted at 05/07/14 3:57 PM

MANILA - Justice Secretary Leila De Lima may be compelled by the House of Representatives to reveal the names on the Napoles list of conspirators in the pork barrel scam, according to Minority Floor Leader Ronaldo Zamora.

"If the Senate won't do it, then let the House of Representatives [compel De Lima to release the Napoles list]," Zamora told reporters during a regular briefing Wednesday.

"The longer you hide it, the greater the speculation na may dagdag-bawas,” he said,

He said it is better to divulge the list to the public and let the personalities involved defend themselves.

Navotas Representative Toby Tiangco yesterday filed a resolution calling for the disclosure of the Napoles list.

The resolution came amid concerns that the list could be sanitized to protect the allies of the administration.

Zamora said the minority supports such moves by members of the lower House. "We want a list that is authentic, walang dagdag-bawas.”

He said if De Lima will not disclose the contents, Napoles can do it herself. "[Kapag] may resolution na... That may be the venue para mapatawag - not only Mrs Napoles but other witnesses as well."

Rep. Neri Colmenares said De Lima has no right to hide the list especially if it has been signed and duly subscribed to.

"Then that becomes a public document and there is no more reason for De Lima not to show it."