Chiz wants Napoles in Senate inquiry
MANILA - Senator Francis "Chiz" Escudero on Tuesday said the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee should continue with its probe on the pork barrel scam even as plunder charges against several lawmakers and Janet Lim Napoles were already filed before the Ombudsman.
Escudero said he spoke with Blue Ribbon Committee chairman TG Guingona on the possibility of inviting Napoles to attend the hearing in the coming weeks.
Since Napoles is already detained, the Senate would have to send the invitation to the Philippine National Police who would then request the court to allow Napoles to attend.
The senator, however, said Napoles could invoke her right to remain silent during the hearing.
Escudero said the Senate is the only venue for the people to see and learn the truth about the issue.
He cited as example the investigation on former AFP General Carlos Garcia, which pushed on despite the case being on the plea bargaining stage in the Sandiganbayan.
He said the investigation should also focus on other non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
Napoles, owner of JLN Group of Companies, is accused of setting up fake NGOs that acted as conduits of pork barrel funds of lawmakers. At least 38 individuals linked to the scam are facing charges.