Guingona sees Napoles, whistle-blowers face off
MANILA - Expect alleged pork scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles to face her accusers when they appear before the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on November 7, a senator said Monday.
Sen. Teofisto "TG" Guingona III, chairman of the Blue Ribbon committee which is investigating the pork barrel scam, was all smiles when he presented at a press briefing a copy of the subpoena for Napoles to appear before the Senate.
Napoles is set to testify on November 7, 10 a.m., at the Senate session hall. The subpoena was signed by Guingona and approved today by Senate President Franklin Drilon.
The Makati Regional Trial Court gave its permission for Napoles to appear before the Senate on Monday afternoon.
Napoles is detained at Fort Sto. Domingo in Santa Rosa, Laguna as she faces charges of serious illegal detention before the Makati RTC filed by her cousin and former employee, Benhur Luy.
Guingona clarified that the subpoena was addressed to the Philippine National Police, which currently holds Napoles.
He said he does not see any reason why the court will not allow Napoles to appear before them.
The senator said security should not be a problem because the PNP is expected to do its job of making the necessary steps to secure napoles.
If all goes as planned, Napoles will get to face the whistle-blowers including her former aide Benhur Luy, as they were also sent subpoenas to appear before the Senate at the same time and date.
"So we can have a system of cross checks and balances. Whatever stated can be validated or not by the whistle-blowers," said Guingona.
He added that there will be no conditions such as "not naming names." He said Napoles is expected to bare all during her testimony.
The following whistleblowers were summoned to the hearing on November 7:
- Benhur Luy
- Gertrudes Luy
- Marina Sula
- Merlina Suna
- Mary Arlene Baltazar
- Simonette Briones
Napoles' lawyer, Lorna Kapuna, has said her client will invoke her right against self-incrimination when she appears before the Senate.