Napoles submits new affidavit, insists on immunity

Posted at 05/26/14 5:11 PM

Affidavit has new names

MANILA - Janet Lim Napoles, through lawyer Bruce Rivera, submitted to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima her second, comprehensive affidavit detailing dealings with lawmakers and other personalities in the "pork barrel" scam from 2000 to 2009.

Rivera, however, invoked the Witness Protection Program Law in keeping mum about the contents of the affidavit, which is more than 30 pages long.

Rivera said Napoles reiterated her plea to seek immunity from charges, and turn state witness.

"She is not justifying what she has done.... she is not the least guilty but definitely she is not the most guilty," he said.

New names are included in the affidavit, apart from the names already mentioned in a list submitted by Napoles to De Lima last April 22.

The affidavit also includes a narrative of Napoles' dealings with each of the person she has named, as well as her knowledge of the P900 million Malampaya Fund scam.

A copy of the affidavit, and the previous affidavit submitted by Napoles, will be forwarded to the Senate and Ombudsman.

Napoles will submit records and other documentary evidence to the Department of Justice (DOJ) "once she is required to do so."