Napoles not blackmailing Palace: lawyer

Posted at 05/24/14 11:44 AM

MANILA - The camp of alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles cried foul over allegations that she implicated Cabinet officials in the multibillion-peso anomaly to blackmail Palace to approve her request for immunity and to become a state witness.

Speaking to radio dzMM on Saturday, Atty. Bruce Rivera said Napoles is just telling the truth.

He said Napoles is not out to blackmail anyone.

"Wala kaming bina-blackmail at hindi naman namin kayang mang-blackmail. Nagsasabi lang kami ng totoo... I think that [accusation] is unfair," he said.

Budget Secretary Butch Abad on Friday claimed that the inclusion of his name and two other Cabinet secretaries in the list of alleged pork barrel scam beneficiaries is an attempt by the Napoles camp to blackmail Malacañang.

Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Director General Joel Villanueva are the two other Cabinet officials implicated in the anomaly.

All of them denied any involvement in the scam.

Abad also denied that he taught Napoles how to use non-government organizations (NGOs) to steal millions of pesos in pork barrel funds.

Meanwhile, Rivera said they aim to finish Napoles' affidavit by Monday, May 26, the deadline set by the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee.

He said Napoles' affidavit will contain the names of three more senators and other lawmakers allegedly involved in the pork barrel scam.