Manila – While former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo held liable for the alleged Malampaya fund scam, at least 10-15 other lawmakers are also expected to appear before the office of the Ombudsman next week for probe on the pork barrel issue.
Senators Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada, Juan Ponce Enrile, and Ramon Revilla Jr. are among the first batch of the allegedly involved lawmakers with regards to the pork barrel. The three are now facing plunder complaints together with the Queen of the Pork Barrel scam, Janet Lim- Napoles and 34 others.
The second batch of government officials who are seen involved in the scam is yet given identification not until the National Bureau of Investigation completed the documents and evidences needed.
Justice Secretary Leila De Lima and counsel for the whistleblowers, lawyer Levito Baligod, confirmed the update on Tuesday.
According to De Lima, the complaint would be filed either this week or next week.
The Department of Justice has already secured a list of people who would be charged regardless of being a part of the administration or the opposition.
“If there is evidence against them, they will be included in the complaint,” said lawyer Baligod.
Napoles readies for probe
Janet Lim- Napoles requests for a time out to hire a new lawyer and prepare for the hearing with the Blue Ribbon Committee.
Napoles asked the Senate to reset the November 7 testimony, however, Blue Ribbon Committee chair Sen. Teofisto Guingona III denied the request.
According to Napoles, she is currently making ways to seek help and legal service to protect her human rights and the right of an accused.
“I have no intention to disobey the mandates of the Senate”, Napoles said as she believes that her presence in the hearing won’t make any difference.
On the other hand, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano described Napoles’ plea as delaying tactics. (Elaine Faye M. Abueva, ABCom/LNU)