Napoles facing the senate for interrogation...
the Mother of the Senate is back!
After a relatively long absence in the Senate, feisty Senator Miriam Defensor is back and with a bang.
On the eve of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing for Janet Napoles' first public appearance, Santiago herself announced that she will be confronting Napoles.
See Santiago grill Napoles: Watch it on ANC
"I will leave my sickbed to confront Janet Napoles tomorrow to show that she cannot take advantage of the right against self-incrimination," Santiago said Wednesday night via Twitter.
Although late for the hearing, Miriam proved her promise true and tried to push Napoles to speak during the hearing, aired on TV, Thursday.
Sporting a new hairstyle and wearing a maroon blazer, Santiago said upon seeing Napoles: "Oh there you are. Let me take a good look at you."
"I will not bully you. I hope you show me the same courtesy by telling me the truth and nothing but the truth," Santiago told Napoles, who responded with a nod. Santiago then added: "Wala kang karapatan magsabi ng sinungaling [You don't have a right to lie]."
On ANC: Santiago explains right against self-incrimination
Santiago went on to lecture Napoles and the public on law, even boasting of a book she wrote, while asking Napoles about her lawyers, and why she went to the hearing without a counsel.
"Napoles chose not to bring counsel but she could afford one! The PAO is for indigent litigants only," said Santiago.
Invoking right against self-incrimination
Santiago began her series of questions with who are "Tanda," "Sexy," and "Pogi," which are names coined by the pork barrel scam whistle-blowers, referring to Senators who were supposedly part of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam.
When Napoles repeatedly said "hindi ko alam [I don't know]," Santiago prodded the alleged scam operator to instead invoke her right against self-incrimination.
Napoles then responded to every question by invoking her right, to which Santiago said: "You cannot keep on invoking your right against self-incrimination since you took an oath to tell the truth."
“Nakadeadma ka sa akin, paano tayo ngayon makaabot sa katotohanan?" she added.
Santiago also asked Napoles how much her JLN corporation earned and wondered how a relatively small company could sustain the Napoles family's posh lifestyle. But the alleged scam operator refused to answer the question and mentioned that a case has already been filed in the Bureau of Investigation.
After delivering tirades, some alluding to her nemesis, Senator Juan Ponce Enrile, Santiago then moved to convince Napoles to speak by enumerating the benefits of being a state witness.
She said that if Napoles isn't the most guilty, she may be eligible to become a state witness.
"Sino ang most guilty? Hindi mo alam? Ako alam ko eh...senador, because he owns an empire!" Santiago added.
If being a state witness does not hold any appeal, Santiago then emphasized that Napoles should speak before she gets killed.
“Gusto nilang patayin ka, andiyan sa utak mong ‘yan ang pagkakasira ng, di lamang kayaman, pati buhay nila. Importante malagyan duct tape ang mukha mo,” said Santiago.
"Tell the truth before the senators affected have you assassinated. Sabihin mo na yan at ligtas mo," Santiago said.
Meanwhile,with the unfortunate circumstance,the goverment right now is a laughing stock specially Napoles.In fact,it was the center of jokes on social media.Below are few examples.
Defensor to Osmenia : "Magkaiba naman kami eh.Sya di nakapagtapos ng college.Ako may doctorate.Inggit lang yun"
"Ignorance can be cured but stupidity is forever"
"The purpose of this investigation is NOT to collect facts.Tapos na kami dun eh.It is to let her face the people and for you to observe her demeanor in public"
"This is not just a scandal.It is the scandal of the senate and the highest officials in this country"
When asked sino si Pogi,si sexy at si God father ; " Revilla is pogi dahil artista sya.Sexy si Estrada dahil nag palipo and Enrile is obviously the god father"
"Nawala lang ako ng matagal,tuwang tuwa na sila.May sakit na nga yung tao,natutuwa pa sila"
"to make a change,it requires a huge leap.Dun pa lang sa qualification ng mga kandidato.Dapat a politician should have atleast finish college"
By Jamie Marie Elona, Matikas Santos, Nancy C. Carvajal, Nikko Dizon, TJ Burgonio
INQUIRER.net, Philippine Daily Inquirer
Interior Secretary Mar Roxas explains to members of the media how Janet-Lim Napoles surrendered to President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday night. JAMIE MARIE ELONA
MANILA, Philippines—Fearing for her life, fugitive Janet Lim-Napoles, the alleged brains behind the P10 billion pork barrel scam, surrendered to President Benigno Aquino in Camp Crame Wednesday night, Malacañang announced. “At 9:37 p.m. on August 28, Janet Napoles surrendered to President Aquino,” Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said in a statement.
HUNT OVER After an intensive 14-day search by combined government forces and agencies and with a P10-million bounty on her head, the elusive Janet Napoles surfaces on Wednesday evening and comes face to face with President Aquino. The businesswoman from Mindanao is now in the custody of the interior department. Will she name names? EDWIN BACASMAS
“The President turned her over to the custody of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas and Philippine National Police Director-General Alan Purisima for processing and booking,” Lacierda said.
The move pre-empted the National Bureau of Investigation Special Task Force that earlier got a hot tip on the Napoles’ whereabouts and was on its way to serve her warrant of arrest.
Napoles specifically asked through her lawyer, Lorna Kapunan, that she be brought to Camp Crame and not to the NBI.
Aquino motored to the PNP national headquarters to accept the surrender of Napoles and turned her over to Roxas. The President also met with Napoles’ husband, Jimmy.
But the media was barred from the meeting. Unlike criminal suspects who are immediately presented to the media, the Presidential Security Group ordered the police not to allow journalists to enter the camp.
There was no explanation why Napoles was shielded from the media.
Blew the whistle
Napoles, together with her brother Reynald Lim, went into hiding before authorities could serve the arrest warrants on them on August 15 in connection with the alleged kidnapping of the businesswoman’s aide and cousin Benhur Luy.
Luy and other former staff of Napoles blew the whistle on the conversion of P10 billion in lawmakers’ Priority Development Assistance Fund into kickbacks by Napoles and her company using dummy foundations, bogus beneficiaries and forged signatures of officials.
In a radio interview, Kapunan said her client surrendered for fear of her life.
“There are really people who want to keep her silent permanently,” Kapunan said.
“Therefore now is the right time. She said she has nothing to hide anyway,” she added.
Kapunan said she did not know where Napoles hid, adding she had no communication with her client before the fugitive businesswoman’s surrender.
The PNP spokesperson, Colonel Teodoro Sindac, said in a text message at 12 midnight that Napoles was already booked at Camp Crame. He gave no further details.
The Inquirer learned that according to Kapunan, Napoles decided to surrender to the President before she could be charged with plunder and other cases.
Raising the biggest bounty for a fugitive so far, Aquino earlier Wednesday announced a P10-million bounty for the arrest of Napoles.
But he said proposals to make her a state witness would be studied.
A TV news report said Kapunan had reported that her client sent surrender feelers through Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle. However, Tagle’s spokesperson, Peachy Yamsuan, said the charismatic church leader had not spoken with either Napoles or her lawyer.
Kapunan did not reply to text messages from the Inquirer asking for confirmation of the report.
State agents fanned out to track down Napoles and Lim, expanding the search to islands near Mindanao and Indonesia where they could have fled aboard her luxury yachts.
STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL Unknown to President Aquino and Justice Secretary Leila de Lima during the 8th East Asia Conference on Competition and Law Policy at Sofitel Hotel earlier on Wednesday, the probable subject of their secretive talk, the pork barrel “queen” Janet Lim-Napoles, would surrender late Wednesday night. LYN RILLON
The President said that the reward for the arrest of Napoles’ brother was yet to be discussed with security officials.
Aquino warned the public against aiding Napoles and her brother. “Harboring a fugitive is a crime; obstruction of justice is a crime. If those harboring her have good sense, they should be aware of this. And if they think we’ll stop searching for them, they’re wrong,” he said.
Public outrage, fanned by newspaper and state auditors’ reports over misuse of the fund at the disposal of lawmakers, climaxed into a mammoth rally at Rizal Park on Monday.
The President on Friday announced the abolition of the pork barrel and the replacement of this lump sum disbursements with a so-called line-item budgeting of projects for legislators. With reports from Jocelyn R. Uy and Gil C. Cabacungan
Read more: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/476623/napoles-surrenders-to-aquino-sources#ixzz2fL6hrvSn