Disclose Napoles affidavit: #abolishpork

Posted at 05/13/14 6:40 PM

MANILA - The #abolishpork Movement trooped to the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday to join mounting calls for the full public disclosure of the affidavit of alleged pork barrel scam queen Janet Lim Napoles in the possession of Justice Secretary Leila De Lima.

The affidavit contains a list of lawmakers implicated by Napoles in the multibillion-peso pork barrel scam.

The group, which consists of various groups and movements, held a picket in front of the DOJ.

They also released an open letter addressed to De Lima where they expressed "deep concern" for her refusal to make public the affidavit.

"The pork barrel issue, needless to say, is a matter of great public concern. We cannot accept as valid reason the sweeping allegation that national security will be compromised with the release of the list."

"There has been no proof that the list poses any clear and present danger to public order. If anything, the people are well within their rights to express outrage over what has long been the systematic raiding of the public coffers," the letter read.

De Lima, for her part, said she is ready to surrender to the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee the list of lawmakers identified by Napoles as allegedly involved in the pork barrel scam.

She said, however, that Napoles' affidavit may take some time to complete.

She said she may seek an extension of the May 15 deadline set by the committee if the affidavit is not completed and submitted to her by the Napoles camp by then.