De Lima, iginiit na isa lamang ang listahan ng mga sangkot sa pork barrel scam na ibinigay ni Janet Napoles
by UNTV News | Posted on Friday, April 25th, 2014
(Left-Right) DOJ Sec. Leila De Lima and Whistle Blowers Association President Sandra Cam (UNTV News)
MANILA, Philippines — “The list of Sen. Lacson is almost the same ng listahan na nasa amin… I have to respect yung nagbigay sa akin ng details. Kawawa naman baka siya naman ang malagay sa alanganin.”
Ito ang pagbubunyag ni Sandra Cam, ang presidente ng Whistle Blower Association nitong Huwebes.
Ngunit kung may listahan mang hawak si Sandra Cam ng umano’y mga sangkot sa pork barrel scam sinabi ni DOJ Secretary Leila de Lima na isa lamang ang listahang ibinigay sa kanya ni Janet Lim Napoles.
Hinamon din ni De Lima ang mga ito na sabihin kung sino ang nagbigay sa kanila ng listahan.
“Isang listahan lang ang alam ko ang galing kay Mrs. Napoles ngayon tanungin natin ang those na mayroon listahan who exactly gave it to them I cannot exactly speak on behalf of Napoles camp kung sinu-sino ang binigyan nila o sino sa Napoles camp ang nagbigay si Mrs. Napoles ba mismo ang nagbigay.”
Umapela rin si Secretary De Lima sa mga nagsasabing ay hawak din ng listahan ng mga sangkot sa PDAF scam na huwag ng makialam dahil nagpapagulo lamang sila.
“Saan naman nila nakuha yun pwede ba huwag muna kayon makialam sino na naman kaya marami kasing nakikialam all thou I will ask the Napoles camp kung mga sinu-sino pa ang supposably ang may kopya pa o listahan so nagugulat ako sa mga ganyang balita na pati pala si Sandra Cam meron na,” ani Sec. Leila de Lima, Department of Justice.
I think ang mga ganyan kasi nagpapagulo pa yan.
Samantala sa kabila ng mga panawagan ng iba’t – ibang grupo, nanindigan ang kalihim na hindi nya muna ibubunyag ang mga pangalan na ibinigay ni Napoles sa kanya dahil kailangan muna nila itong mauring mabuti.
“It is definitely not prudent in our part it will be reckless irresponsible in our part kung I will bowing down to pressure from anyone any group demanding that I will disclose at this point, No — I will not do that at this point kasi kailangang i-validate,” ani De Lima.
Nakatakda namang makipagpulong si Sec. De Lima sa mga wistle blower sa darating na Miyerkules o Huwebes. (BERNARD DADIS / UNTV News)
MANILA, Philippines — In what seems to be an effort to bolster the case against Senator Leila de Lima, the prosecution is now seeking to amend all the three illegal drug trading charges.
The Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court Branch 206 on Friday, heard the motion of the prosecution to modify the cases from illegal drug trading to conspiracy to commit illegal drug trading.
Similar motions were already filed with the two other branches hearing De Lima’s cases.
A member of the prosecution team explained that the accusations and evidence would remain the same.
“Only to be more precise and to conform with the evidence, the allegations in the complaint. It will not in anyway prejudice the substantial rights of the accused,” said Senior Assistant City Prosecutor Ramoncito Ocampo, Jr.
But a lawyer for De Lima said the prosecution is only making up for the weakness in their case.
“Those are two different cases talaga na tingin namin ay ginawa nila ito para maiwasan ang fatal defect sa original information which is the absence of the actual drugs allegedly traded (Those are really two different cases. We think they did it to elude the fatal defect in the original information which is the absence of the actual drugs allegedly traded),” said Atty. Boni Tacardon, legal counsel of Sen. Leila de Lima.
For one, the prosecution has now alleged that inmates of the New Bilibid Prison were used to sell and trade illegal drugs.
This is a new accusation which is absent in the original case being handled by Judge Patria Manalastas de Leon and was never mentioned in the two other cases.
“Pag-aaralan nang husto ito para tingnan namin kung ano ang epekto nito sa kaso (We will study this thoroughly to determine its effects on the case),” said Atty. Tacardon.
This prompted Judge de Leon to cancel Friday’s arraignment of Senator De Lima.
Her lawyers were given 15 days to submit their comment or opposition to the amendment.
The prosecution was also given the same period to oppose De Lima’s motion praying with the court to reconsider its arrest order.
Judging by these developments, a prosecutor said that the arraignment will have to wait until early next year. — Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines — In a statement, Senator Leila de Lima said she was dismayed and saddened by the decision of the Supreme Court on the two petitions she filed.
The senator said that she will continue the fight, further maintaining her innocence in the accusations against her.
De Lima’s camp is set to file a motion for reconsideration regarding the Supreme Court’s decision.
Magdalo party-list Representative Gary Alejano, meanwhile, believes the SC’s decision on De Lima’s case is a form of revenge.
“What is happening is, the law is being forced to agree to the policies of the administration. That’s right. It will further encourage authorities that even without evidence… because imagine a case which is drug trading. How could you be involved in drug trading when they have not recovered any illegal drugs in your possession,” said Alejano.
In a vote of 9-6 yesterday, the Supreme Court dismissed the petition of De Lima to nullify the arrest against her and to transfer her illegal drug trading charges before the Office of the Ombudsman and Sandiganbayan.
The high tribunal explained that her arrest has a basis and that the anti-graft court has no jurisdiction over cases involving illegal drugs.
Attorney Marwil Nacor Llasos, a law reform specialist from the University of the Philippines College of Law, is worried over the decision of the country’s high tribunal, noting it seems to show a pattern that one can easily predict.
Llasos cited as examples the SC’s decision to allow the burial of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, the implementation of martial in the entire Mindanao, and lastly, the arrest and detention of the government’s staunch critic, Senator Leila De Lima.
“The Supreme Court has been so polarized already and I doubt it if it still already based on the hard facts of the law and the facts of the case or there are political realities involved,” said Llasos.
“In terms of the case of De Lima, the government achieved its purpose which is to silence her, to put her behind bars so none will criticize the actions of the administration.
However, for House Minority Floor Leader Danilo Suarez, the Supreme Court’s decision in the case of De Lima is appropriate.
“I’ve seen the menace of drug problem and for 6 years, she should have been at the front against it. But she was the one who was supporting it, so why would you let it escape?” said Suarez.
Malacañang, on the other hand, refused to comment on the issue. — Victor Cosare | UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines — The Office of the Ombudsman has maintained having strong evidence against former Senator Jinggoy Estrada in connection with the pork barrel scam.
Special Prosecutor Edilberto Sandoval said they will appeal to the anti-graft court to recall the temporary freedom granted to Estrada.
Sandoval added that it is not right to reverse the decision of the previous set of justices of the 5th division who previously denied the petition for bail of the former senator.
“It is not right procedurally that on the basis of the same facts, same evidence, same exhibits, the former division has decided yet the [current division] will now entitle him for bail,” said Sandoval.
Sandoval said no member of the previous set of justices in the 5th division is included in the new set who granted the bail petition of Estrada.
The former senator cited the Supreme Court’s decision on the bail petition of the former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
The highest court said the PCSO’s cases have not shown the “main plunderer” in the scam in which the former president was allegedly involved.
The Office of the Ombudsman said Arroyo’s case should not be compared with Estrada’s because the latter involves private individuals while in Arroyo’s case, all involved were government officials.
“In other words, even if the co-conspirator has performable 1 part or several in the continuous concatenation of criminal acts he will be considered the main or principal accused. If the charge is plunder, he will be considered the main plunderer,” said the prosecutor.
The Office of the Ombudsman is still confident that they also have a strong case against Janet Lim-Napoles even if she is not a government official.
If somebody is also charged in conspiracy with you, that somebody is liable and he can be classified already as public officer for purposes of convicting.
Sandoval believes in the integrity of the Sandiganbayan and he hopes that the justices will recall the granting of bail to Estrada.
“I still trust that the Sandiganbayan justices cannot be controlled by politics. I was there for 16 years and it is only hearsay that there are politicians that are intervening,” said Sandoval. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue
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