Guingona to Napoles: Come clean, speak the truth
MANILA - Sen. Teofisto "TG" Guingona III admitted Tuesday that alleged pork scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles may keep mum when she appears before the Senate on November 7.
In a statement, Guingona praised Makati Regional Trial Court Judge Elmo Alameda for allowing Napoles to testify before the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee inquiry on the pork barrel scam. This is after the Senate issued a subpoena to Napoles to appear before the inquiry.
“With the court's order for Janet Lim-Napoles to appear before the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, we are now much closer to completing the whole story on the abuses done with the Priority Development Assistance Fund,” he said.
He said that on November 7, Napoles will be given the opportunity to “come clean and speak the truth.”
“The Filipino people will be watching. We will be ready,” he said.
Napoles is accused of setting up fake non-government organizations that received billions of pesos in lawmakers’ PDAF. She is currently incarcerated in Fort Sto. Domingo in Santa Rosa, Laguna for serious illegal detention of key whistle-blower Benhur Luy.
In an interview, Guingona said it is possible that Napoles will invoke her right against self-incrimination when she appears before the Senate on November 7.
“Right now, antayin muna natin na dumating siya . Tignan natin kung ano ang sasabihin niya pero kung mag-invoke siya, karapatan niya iyon,” he told reporters.
He said the Senate has not reached out to Napoles’ lawyers in an effort to encourage her to tell all.
“Let's see what she has to say. The best assurance is that she sees we are fair during the trial,” he said.
He also said he will not agree to hold the hearings in an executive session, away from the media.
He said the point of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee inquiry is to expose the truth.