FilAms concerned with Napoles as "state witness"

By Don Tagala, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

August 29, 2013

NEW YORK – Filipino-Americans at a New York fundraiser for the benefit of abused children in the Philippines can’t help but cringe at the alleged 10 Billion Peso pork barrel scam involving several Philippine lawmakers that was allegedly masterminded by businesswoman Janet Napoles. Loida Nicolas Lewis of the US Pinoys For Good Governance said that the pork barrel scheme was wrong, especially when billions of pesos, which could’ve funded education was stolen.

When Napoles finally surrendered to President Aquino Wednesday, just hours after a 10 Million Peso bounty was put up, Filipinos in New York have mixed reactions.

Concerned Filipinos say that Napoles could turn into a state witness and testify against those lawmakers involved in the pork barrel scam, and she will be given immunity from prosecution.

But attorney Victor Sison says he agrees with Philippine Justice Secretary Leila de Lima who said that this is unlikely to happen at this time, since the testimonies of the whistle blowers may be enough to convict Napoles and the involved lawmakers.

That is something wrong with the Judicial System to give immunity to a state witness, Attorney Sison said, I would rather that they take other witnesses except her, because the facts of the case are really blatantly wrong and they could get other whistle blowers who could testify and not her.

For many Filipinos in New York, they say what’s more important is that Napoles is now in the Philippine Government’s custody, without bail.

Lewis, an Aquino supporter believes that this is a test case for the President to show that he is serious in his Daang Matuwid campaign.

You may contact Don Tagala at don_tagala@abs-cbn.com for more information.

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  • jorge buesa
    29 August 2013 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    Hey New York Filipino Americans, please let the philippines justice and president Aquino take care of this matter ? Please sit down and watch what will happens next ?

  • Aw
    30 August 2013 at 3:07 am - Reply
  • Aw
    30 August 2013 at 3:08 am - Reply

    Di lang malupet kundi TANGA PA!

  • Kikay.Pang0
    30 August 2013 at 5:26 am - Reply

    Are you planning a Protest Mr. Rodis ?

  • Noel Garcia
    3 September 2013 at 6:12 pm - Reply

    How can Pres Aquino do good in this Pork Barrel Scam if Sec OCHOA is involved! The goons are inside Malacanang working with him. Janet Napoles is formerly a Dealer,Supplier, Contractor of the AFP and the same style she use also with the Tongressman and Senatong. What we need is Death Penalty for Plunderes and Illegal Drugs!

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