Bongbong: No need to summon Napoles
MANILA - Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. on Tuesday said he "does not see the purpose" in asking businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles to testify before the Senate, echoing the position of Senate President Franklin Drilon.
"May kaso na eh, pabayaan natin yung judicial system," he said.
Senate President Franklin Drilon earlier said he will consult his colleagues in caucus on whether or not to summon Napoles to the Senate blue ribbon committee hearings.
Napoles is the alleged mastermind in the P10 billion pork barrel scam. She is accused of setting up fake non-government organizations that acted as conduits of lawmakers' Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).
A total of 38 individuals including three senators linked to the scam are facing plunder, graft and malversation charges before the Office of the Ombudsman.
Drilon earlier refused to sign the subpoena for Napoles after Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales advised against it.
The Ombudsman later wrote to Drilon to say she stands by her advice but noted that she is not challenging the power of the Senate to investigate the scam. With a report by Atom Araullo, ABS-CBN News