Press Release
March 21, 2018

Dispatch from Crame No. 269:
Sen. Leila M. de Lima's statement on the lies of Janet Napoles being used as so-called evidence


I have already set the record straight on the Napoles issue several times in the past. Again, these are the basic facts.

We already put Napoles in jail. She should rot in there for the rest of her life. Malacañang through SolGen Calida had her acquitted by the Court of Appeals in the serious illegal detention case.

We already jailed the three biggest clients of Napoles -- Enrile, Jinggoy, and Bong Revilla -- but the courts, for one lame reason or another, keep on setting them free.

We charged others implicated by whistleblowers, in three (3) batches, with the Ombudsman, backed by solid evidence that she deemed was enough to prosecute them at the Sandiganbayan. Most, if not all of them, have in fact been charged already before the Sandiganbayan, and undergoing trial. But unlike the 3 senators, theirs are bailable charges, hence, they're not in detention.

Now Aguirre wants the Sandiganbayan to bow to Malacañang's wish and throw away all the evidence against Napoles and turn her over to the DOJ. They're helping her attain freedom so they can use her for their own malevolent agenda.

We charged even PNoy's allies, like Ruffy Biazon and Joel Villanueva. And they still call it selective justice, just because those who they wanted to be destroyed were not included. We did not charge others in the so-called Napoles list because there was then no evidence against them -- even by COA's own records on how they spent their PDAF, much less based on the documents and testimonies of the whistleblowers.

There was only one standard then under the PNoy Administration:

Dapat may ebidensiya. Hindi pwedeng gawing ebidensiya ang mga sabi-sabi lang ni Napoles na isang polluted source at walang kredibilidad.

There is only one standard now under the Duterte Administration:

Ang mga kasinungalingan ni Napoles ang ating ebidensiya.

Katulad ng kaso sa akin na puro laway lamang ng mga kriminal na testigo ang ebidensiya laban sa akin, puro laway din lang ni Napoles ang ebidensiya ng DOJ sa mga kalaban ng Malacañang.

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