Napoles list 'pointless' without affidavit - De Lima

Posted at 05/16/14 1:06 PM

MANILA - The Janet Lim Napoles list of alleged pork barrel scam beneficiaries made public by the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee on Thursday is "pointless" since it was not supported by an affidavit, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said.

Speaking to radio dzMM on Friday, de Lima said the Napoles list, although it was signed by the businesswoman herself, is still "just a list."

"Pointless ang isang listahan na walang narrative," she said.

De Lima submitted the list to Senate Blue Ribbon Committee Chairman Teofisto "TG" Guingona III, who then released it.

The justice chief asked for a one-week extension to submit both the list and affidavit of Napoles, citing that the Napoles camp has yet to finish an extensive affidavit that would give more information on the involvement of government officials and other individuals involved in the multibillion-peso pork barrel scam.

"Ayoko pa ho sanang i-submit lalo't wala pa yung narrative, yung affidavit na supposedly ay ikukuwento yung laman ng listahan na yan. Di ho natin masasabi kung meron pang mga idadagdag diyan si Mrs. Napoles," the justice secretary said.

"Ang listahan kasi, listahan lang. Hindi mo naman alam kung ano ba talaga ang listahan na yan. Bakit ba ang mga pangalan na yan ay nandiyan?" she said.

She added that that aside from the affidavit, Napoles also still has to submit supporting documents to back up her allegations.

The Napoles list submitted by de Lima is almost the same as the one submitted by former Senator Panfilo "Ping" Lacson. But other names, handwritten by Napoles, were added.