I knew from the start that inviting Janet Lim-Napoles to the senate to tell the truth about the PDAF scam was just a waste of time, money and effort.
To her, the Senate blue ribbon committee is not only the wrong forum to bare it all, but why add more insult to injury, when some hurting senators implicated are the very same people who made her what she is today, thus, her indebtedness, which she is translating to silence, is simply beyond measure and, therefore, comprehensible.
The proceeding started boringly. There was nothing that the public didn’t know already. It was always the case of the whistleblowers telling the committee what they knew about the scam and Napoles disclaiming it. Never has there been a moment where Napoles had to refute any of the allegations.
Either she can’t remember, she didn’t know, or she was invoking her right against self-incrimination.
All these change, however, when Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago arrived and started laying the grounds for what is best for Napoles to do, this, after she lectured Napoles and the public on law.
You would think then that the feisty senator would be able to seduce, nay, intimidate, Napoles into telling the truth, right?
But, at least it was an interesting and square-shooting display of moral fiber that only Miriam can do when she tried several times to nudge Napoles to name Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile as the most guilty among them so she could get away from spending time in jail for a long, long time by becoming a state witness, if she does that.
This, even as Santiago failed to make Napoles admit that she knew the three senators implicated, namely, Senators Juan Ponce-Enrile, Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., who were given the monikers, “Tanda,” “Sexy,” and “Pogi,”, respectively, by the whistleblowers.
Santiago even instilled fear in Napoles’ for her evasiveness and denials as it could get her killed.
“If Enrile is the most guilty, then say so, so he would not order to kill you”, Santiago told Napoles.
There is no mincing of words the bad blood existing between the two warring solons.
She said that if Napoles isn’t the most guilty, she may be eligible to become a state witness.
Still Napoles stuck to being herself, the brains behind the PDAF scam.
Perhaps, she will live a longer life this way.
(Note: Nothing much has changed really in what Sen. Santiago wants of Napoles to do since I last wrote about it in my blog/link: https://quierosaber.wordpress.com/2013/09/03/a-call-for-napoles-to-start-her-confession/ – Quierosaber)