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Napoles to appear in Senate Hearing

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Senate President Franklin Drilon announced on Wednesday his decision to sign the subpoena for Janet Lim-Napoles, compelling her to attend the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee’s investigation on the controversy involving lawmakers’ pork barrel funds that she allegedly pocketed through the use of non-existent projects and bogus non-government organizations. (PRIB Photo by Joseph Vidal/16 October 2013)

Senate President Franklin Drilon signed the subpoena ordering Pork Barrel fund scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles to appear before the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee.

In his privilege speech, Drilon said that he’s not covering anyone from the Pork Barrel scam issue.

The said issue is an “injustice” to the Filipinos and whoever is responsible for the anomaly should be punished.

Prior to this, Drilon earned ire from both his colleagues in the Senate and the public after he sought the advice of the Ombudsman on whether or not Napoles should be asked to attend the Senate hearings.

Senate Blue Ribbon Committee Chairman TG Guingona insisted that the Senate has the power to call on anyone, even if they have pending cases in court in compliance with the constitution.

Meanwhile, Senator Jinggoy Estrada and Commission on Audit Chairperson Grace Pulido Tan saw each other awhile ago during the budget hearing of COA under the Senate Committee on Finance.

It was evident that Estrada would probe on Pulido-Tan, including asking the Chairperson regarding the agency’s way of issuing the “Notice of Disallowance” and singling out some Opposition Senators.

This is the first time the two met face to face after Estrada’s name, together with Senators’ Juan Ponce-Enrile, and Ramon “Bong” Revilla’s names have been dragged to the Pork Barrel fund scam issue.



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