De Lima vs Kapunan: Do they want me to resign?
MANILA - Justice Secretary Leila de Lima on Tuesday rejected allegations from lawyer Lorna Kapunan, counsel of businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles, that she leaked the information of Napoles' impending arrest last August 14.
"Papatulan ko ba yan? Ano ba gusto nila, magresign din ako? Yun ba ang gusto nila na next? Ingat naman tayo, kasi tingnan natin baka mamaya may nagsasabotahe na sa imbestigasyon na ito. After discrediting the [National Bureau of Investigation], ang isusunod nila ako na," she told reporters.
De Lima also twitted Kapunan's statement that some of the whistleblowers in the alleged P10 billion pork barrel scam have retracted their testimonies.
She said she has yet to talk to all of the whistleblowers in the scandal. Not all of the potential witnesses have filed an affidavit, she added.
"Di pa naman lahat sa kanila ay nagsubmit na ng affidavit pero yung latest batch na nagsubmit ng affidavit ay humihingi na rin ng government protection," she said.
Kapunan earlier said it was de Lima who announced to the media that an arrest warrant was being issued for Mrs. Napoles, the alleged mastermind in the pork barrel scam.
Her statement came after President Benigno Aquino III announced that two National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) officials disclosed the information to Napoles that prompted her and brother Reynald "Jojo" Lim to go into hiding.
NBI director Nonnatus Rojas filed his resignation on Monday after Aquino's announcement. The Palace has yet give word if the President has accepted the resignation. Report by Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News