MANILA, Philippines – The camp of businesswoman Janet Napoles is confident that it will be proven that she was not the mastermind of the multi-billion peso pork barrel scam, now that President Rodrigo Duterte wants the case revisited.
“Let us revisit the Napoles case. I have some revealing things to tell you about it. You just wait. But I will… if that is the only thing that I’ll have to do until the end of my term, I will do it…,” Duterte said in a press conference early Sunday wherein he elaborated on his expose linking former Justice secretary and now Senator Leila de Lima to the rampant illegal drugs trade inside the national penitentiary.
“The Napoles case should deserve a second look for it also involves corruption and de Lima,” Duterte said during the presser.
The camp of Napoles expressed support for the reopening of the case since more lawmakers, who were involved in the scam but were allied with the previous administration and not prosecuted then, will now be punished.
Lawyer Bruce Rivera, counsel for Napoles, said, “Meron pa ngang nanalo sa election ngayon na naging senador pa. Syempre ako, from my end, being a lawyer, medyo masama ang loob ko kasi naging selective justice yung nangyari dun (There was an ally of the previous administration who even won in the May election as a senator. Of course, from my end, being a lawyer, I was a bit disappointed because there was selective justice then).”
But with the case reopening, he now believes that the real mastermind will be revealed.
“Maraming tao na dapat mas managot kaysa sa kanya (Many people should have been held accountable more than her). We have always been hell bent on our (statement that), number 1, hindi siya yung (she was not the) mastermind. May nagturo sa kanya (Someone pointed at her),” Rivera said.
Meanwhile, a source of News5 revealed that a former high-ranking official of the Department of Justice received a huge amount of money from Napoles to settle the case. However, this official passed the investigation to the Ombudsman which filed a case against Napoles.
Rivera did not comment on the matter, saying “kasi ako bound ako ng (because I’m bound by the) attorney-client confidentiality. Even if I know it, di ko rin po pwedeng masabi (I cannot say something about it).”