Leftists ask PNoy: Deal or no deal with Napoles?
Palace told: Disclose deal with Napoles
MANILA -- Some leftist groups do not believe that no deals were made between Janet Lim Napoles and Malacañang in exchange for the businesswoman's surrender.
Napoles, who is wanted for serious illegal detention charges, surrendered to President Benigno Aquino III Wednesday night just hours after a P10 million bounty was put up for information leading to her arrest.
Napoles is allegedly the brains in the P10 billion pork barrel scam supposedly involving several senators and congressmen.
Kabataan party-list Representative Terry Ridon warned the public "not to rest easy yet," saying that the surrender may be part of a "well-written Palace script."
"The surrender seems [to be] among the 'calculated tactics' of the Palace to defeat the public outrage and deflect the increasing pressure on the President to give up his own pork," Ridon said in a statement.
"The surrender of Janet Napoles should not deter the public from stepping up the call for the abolition of the pork barrel system, particularly presidential pork," he added.
The Palace has rejected calls for the abolition of the President's Social Fund or the so-called pork barrel of the President despite Aquino's call for the abolition of the lawmakers' Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).
Another leftist group, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan), is demanding that the Palace disclose the deal "struck" between Malacañang and Napoles.
"Is it a deal or no deal? The people want to know what the terms of surrender were for Janet Napoles. How will the deal affect the PDAF scam and the cases that will be filed? It's hard not to see the carefully orchestrated dramatic surrender to Aquino and then turn over to Roxas and the PNP as something of a script. The whole thing seems calculated to make the president look good even if he refuses to scrap the pork barrel system amid mass protests," Bayan secretary general Renato Reyes Jr. said.
"We don’t think personal safety was the only reason that drove Napoles to turn herself in," he added.
Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda had said that Napoles chose to surrender to Aquino due to fears for her life.
Napoles' lawyer Lorna Kapunan also said that the only person they trust right now is the President.
Meanwhile, Ridon also said that Napoles should name all those involved in the scam "even if it leads all the way to Malacañang." This was echoed by Reyes.
"Let Napoles be held accountable, but do not forget that this case involves many lawmakers and officials who have exposed the utter bankruptcy of the pork barrel system," Reyes said.
It was earlier reported that Napoles had close ties with Brian Yamsuan, the recently fired consultant of Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr.