Manila – After series of hearings on the testimony of principal whistle-blower Benhur Luy against Janet Lim-Napoles on the issue of the Pork Barrel or the alleged misuse of Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), the two parties would finally face at the Senate Session Hall on November 7.
According to the chairman of the Blue Ribbon Committee, Senator Teofisto Guingona III, the Philippine National Police (PNP) has the right to bring Napoles in the investigation if she refuses the order.
“The subpoena is a compulsion. I see no reason why Janet Napoles’ appearance at the Senate Blue Ribbon’s PDAF probe would be disallowed,” said Guingona in his official Facebook page.
Guingona assured that Napoles and Luy will not create commotion during the conduct of face-to-face investigation. They will be positioned to sit across each other to lessen tension during the committee hearing.
On the other hand, Senator Miriam Defensor- Santiago expressed her apprehension on the upcoming deliberation. According to Santiago, the hearing will be a political “circus” by senators running for the 2016 election.
Senator Sergio Osmeña III reacted on Santiago’s remark, saying that it is a valid exercise of the Senate to investigate matters which violates the criminal laws.
“If she calls that a political circus, that is very sad to hear,” said Osmeña.
According to Guingona, the rules and decorum are being followed so there is nothing to worry about.
Although Guingona admitted that he has nothing to offer in exchange of tell-all testimony from Napoles, he expressed his consideration and respect on Napoles’ constitutional and human rights.
“I just want to invite her and see what she has to say. Who knows, she might not want to tell the truth on her own here,” Guingona said. (Elaine Faye M. Abueva, ABCom/LNU)