PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has warned Sen. Leila de Lima that she would be “horrified” once he revisits the case of alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles.
“Wait until we revisit the Napoles case, Secretary De Lima. You will be horrified,” said Duterte during a press conference early yesterday morning at the Department of Public Works and Highways in Panacan, Davao City.
What’s Duterte up to in revisiting the Napoles case? Is he setting the stage for lawmakers detained over the pork barrel scam to be eventually released?
Apart from Napoles, Senators Ramon Revilla, Jinggoy Estrada, and Juan Ponce Enrile faced plunder cases at the Sandiganbayan for their alleged involvement in the pork barrel scam.
Revilla, Estrada, and Napoles are still detained, while Enrile has been released by the Supreme Court for health reasons.
De Lima was the Justice Secretary during the term of former President Benigno Aquino III.
“Wait until the probe goes along. Even in your committee. Because I will mention the names of those you ought to subpoena. In the committee being headed by you,” the President added.
Duterte did not specify which probe he was referring to, but De Lima will be conducting a hearing today on extrajudicial killings as chairman of the Senate committee on justice and human rights.
Duterte also alleged that De Lima’s affair with her driver “gave rise” to corruption at the New Bilibid Prisons in Muntinlupa City.
The President exposed the lady senator’s relationship during a nationally televised speech before the Philippine National Police on Wednesday, calling her “immoral” and “an adulterer.”
Duterte also said that he had revelations on the case against Napoles, who was implicated in the multi-million-peso Priority Development Assistance Fund scam.
“Let us revisit the Napoles issue. I have some revealing things to tell you. You just wait,” the President said.
“If that’s the only thing I’ll have to do before the end of my term, I’ll do it and I shall have done a singular task of giving you the truth,” he added.
The President said that the case needed to be revisited due to “billions of pesos lost” and because top lawmakers charged have not yet been convicted.
“The Napoles case should deserve a second look,” said Duterte.
“We were able to just put several lawmakers inside, but only because the charge, the accusations are not bailable,” he added.