Napoles may be called to Senate probe next week
MANILA - The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee is planning to summon businesswoman Janet Napoles next week, a move which its chairman said would finally connect the whole pork barrel scam story.
“We’re still finalizing [the schedule]. We’re looking at maybe next week. We’re not sure,” Senator Teofisto “TG” Guingona III told ANC.
He said the subpoena will be issued tomorrow, Thursday.
Before members of the Senate could vote on the issue to summon Napoles, Senate President Franklin Drilon took the floor Wednesday and made a privilege speech.
“I wish to inform my colleague that I have decided to sign the subpoena requiring Napoles to appear before the Senate and the Blue Ribbon Committee. I repeat, I have decided to sign the subpoena requested by Senator Guingona to require Napoles to appear before the Senate and the Blue Ribbon Committee,” he said.
The debate on whether to call Napoles, the alleged architect of the pork scam, to testify in the Senate probe was earlier left to Drilon, but he twice refused to sign the subpoena for Napoles.
Because of what he calls “media vilification,” Drilon chose to sign the subpoena.
“I am thankful that he gave in so we can finally move forward on this matter. As he said, no stone will be unturned…If you don’t call her, the investigation will not have a proper ending,” Guingona said.
He said there will be no guidelines on what the senators can or can't ask Napoles.
He said not one colleague has yet approached him of plans to ask questions. “But I will not be surprised if they will all ask,” he said.
He doubts, however, that senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla will be joining the probe.
He said the three senators accused in the pork barrel scam complaint have already inhibited.