Chiz: PNoy has good reasons for securing Napoles
MANILA - Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero said he himself felt uneasy when businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles directly went to Malacanang to surrender, but noted President Benigno Aquino III may have had good reasons for securing her.
In an interview with radio dzMM, Escudero said there could have been a better alternative “because I’m sure ordinary snatchers will raise their eyebrows on this. They themselves go directly to jail when apprehended.”
Nonetheless, Escudero said Aquino may have assumed that Napoles will be revealing everything she knows.
And if Napoles discloses the names of those behind the scam, there is a remote possibility she will become a state witness, he added.
“There are only three [parties] who will be tackling that, and it does not include [Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas]: Napoles, the Department of Justice via the prosecutors, and if the court will allow her to become a state witness,” Escudero said.
Malacanang said many issues have to be threshed out before considering Napoles as a state witness.
The matter was also not discussed during Napoles’ meeting with Aquino on Wednesday night.
“Of course, there’s also the factor of being the least guilty and if she still has something on the table,” he said.
He believes, however, that the case against Napoles is already airtight. “Masalimuot, mahaba at tingin ko ay malayo.”
He also said Napoles will still be invited to the Senate probe into the pork scam. “She will just need to secure the nod of the [Makati Regional Trial] court.”
Napoles has been charged with serious illegal detention of pork barrel scam whistleblower Benhur Luy.