Whistleblowers to vet Napoles testimony -- De Lima

Posted on May 03, 2014

Whistleblowers in the pork barrel scam will be the first to vet Janet Lim-Napoles’ testimony once she signs the affidavit, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said yesterday.

“I assured them that it will undergo vetting process and they are the ones whom we will ask first as part of the vetting process,” Ms. de Lima told reporters yesterday after meeting with the whistleblowers for one and a half hours at the Department of Justice (DoJ).

Ms. De Lima said the meeting was “very cordial and friendly” and denied anew a newspaper report saying whistleblowers planned to leave the witness protection program (WPP) after Ms. Napoles agreed to tell all.

Ms. De Lima, however, did not provide specifics on the status of Ms. Napoles’s testimony.

The businesswoman has expressed her intent to “tell all” to Ms. De Lima, the latter announced on April 21. Ms. De Lima said Ms. Napoles told her she is ready to spill the beans on the alleged P10-billion scam involving lawmakers.

The alleged scam revolves around congressional funds diverted to bogus nongovernmental organizations (NGO) implementing ghost projects.

Ms. De Lima has set three conditions when she agreed to meet Ms. Napoles and discuss her case: it should be a “tell-all” testimony that will include all names of parties concerned regardless of political color, Ms. Napoles should only talk to the Justice department and not to anybody else, and, third, that the government will not commit to make her a state’s witness as the DoJ still needs to study her affidavit. -- Mikhail Flores