Miriam: Let Napoles write testimony before something happens
MANILA - Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago said businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles should write her testimony in the pork barrel scam in case anything bad happens to her.
“Any adverse event could prevent Napoles from fully identifying the senators and congressmen with whom she had PDAF transactions. For example, any of the suspects could hire operatives to silence her, or she might inflict physical damage on herself. She might contract a life-threatening ailment. For any of these reasons, the Rules of Court allows her to give her testimony well before trial,” Santiago said.
She said this procedure is called perpetuation of testimony, which will allow the preservation of a testimony while a trial has yet to commence.
She said such kinds of depositions are part of a pretrial phase.
“If Napoles decides to perpetuate her testimony in order to reduce the level of threats to her security, she has to file a verified petition in court,” the senator said.
The petition should include the names of persons to whom Napoles allegedly transferred the pork funds, she explained.
“It can reasonably be expected that Napoles will name the senators and representatives as expected adverse parties. The Rules require her to serve notice at least 20 days before the date of hearing,” she said.
Malacanang officials are securing Napoles, who has allegedly received threats to her life. Napoles is now detained at Fort Sto. Domingo in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.