She’s not innocent, but she’s not mastermind of P10B pork scam - PACC Belgica clears Napoles

NOT INNOCENT BUT NOT MASTERMIND – In a press conference at the Manila Yacht Club on Tuesday, Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) Commissioner and spokesperson Greco Belgica asserted that Janet Lim-Napoles is not the mastermind and ‘queen’ behind the PDAF scam.
Belgica defended that Pork Barrel corruption can only circulate within the expanse of involved politicians while businesswomen such as Napoles are only after their share of the bargain.
He clarified that Napoles is ‘NOT INNOCENT’, however, describes her as a “willing beneficiary of corruption but not the mastermind”, hoping that she could finally bear all that she knows.

“Never naman po ako naniwala na mastermind ang isang businessman. ‘Di ako naniniwala (I never believed that a businessman could be mastermind. I don’t believe it),” Belgica said

He also added saying that “It cannot be true that a businessman can be the mastermind because kahit na sinong contractor, Janet Napoles pa ‘yan, hindi siya ang last say sa mga kontrata”.

Belgica also believes that having to put Napoles under provisional coverage of the Witness Protection Program (WPP) was a ‘delayed action’ which should have been done a long time ago.

Malacañang, earlier, also defended allegations that it was involved in any means that Napoles was placed under the government’s WPP.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. said in a statement that Stephen David, Napoles’ lawyer, asked Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea to override Vitaliano Aguirre’s position for a motion to be filed at the Sandiganbayan if Napoles decides to avail of the WPP.

Roque said in a press briefing, ““He (referring to David) did not succeed. So that’s proof that Malacañang is not behind anything as far as Napoles is concerned.”

In a text message sent to a media correspondent, Medialdea said: “Why would I give a legal advice to a lawyer for his client? If I were his client I will fire him”.

Aguirre on the other hand, approved Napoles’ request but defended that only a ‘provisional coverage’ of the WPP was initially agreed.


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