Pimentel, Hontiveros slam provisional WPP coverage for Napoles | Inquirer News

Pimentel, Hontiveros slam provisional WPP coverage for Napoles

By: - Reporter / @MAgerINQ
/ 03:23 PM March 16, 2018

Even Senate President  Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III was  stunned by the “crazy” development  of Janet  Lim Napoles  being placed  under  the government’s  protection.

“What an unbelievable crazy’ development,”  Pimentel  said in a viber message to Senate reporters on Friday.

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“Do some people in the DOJ  (Department of Justice) really believe that Janet Lim Napoles is qualified to be a state witness in the PDAF  scam which she herself invented organized and perpetuated???” he added.

PDAF is the lawmakers’ priority development assistance fund also known as “pork barrel”, which was later declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.

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Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II has confirmed that Napoles, the principal accused in the pork barrel scam, has been placed under the provisional coverage of the government’s Witness Protection Program (WPP).

READ: Napoles now under provisional WPP coverage

 

Senator Risa Hontiveros, an opposition member,  lambasted the government’s decision, calling it  a “travesty of justice.”

“It reverses the gains won by the people in their anti-corruption struggle, which culminated in the historic Million People March,”  Hontiveros said.

“This is expected, however. After all, this is the same government that used the testimonies of convicted and self-confessed drug lords (who have everything to gain and nothing to lose) to intimidate and unjustly incarcerates one of the leading figures of the political opposition.”

Hontiveros  said she would not be surprised  if Napoles would  also be used as a “political weapon” to further harass  other opposition  members and create a “chilling effect.”

“Napoles could also be used as a means to enforce loyalty within the Duterte camp. All those who will not toe the line and have strong opinions against the government’s policies and the President himself could easily be included in Napoles’ pork barrel list,”  she added.   /muf

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