- Palace open to probe on pork barrel scam queen’s claim she gave P5M to senator
- Presidential spokesperson said Napoles should be allowed to speak and substantiate her claim
- He also stressed administration just wants the truth to come out and nab those liable
MANILA, Philippines – Following her claim she gave P5 million to Sen. Franklin Drilon’s campaign kitty, Malacañang Palace said pork barrel scam queen Janet Napoles should be allowed to speak and substantiate her allegations.
“Obviously, Janet Lim-Napoles is the central figure in this scam. Let her speak and I am sure that in addition to what she has to say she would have physical evidence to back up whatever it is that she alleges,” GMA News quoted Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque as saying.
Roque said he hopes both the Ombudsman and the Department of Justice (DOJ) would conduct an investigation to verify Napoles’ claim.
“I would hope that the Ombudsman on its own will conduct its probe and I think the DOJ also on its own should conduct its own probe, based on the statement,” he said.
The spokesperson also stressed that whatever probe may be conducted has nothing to do with political harassment.
“We want the truth and nothing but the whole truth to come out in this PDAF scam,” he said. “It is something that should be investigated. This is information, which for the first time, was revealed by Janet Lim-Napoles.”
“And I think the Constitution in providing for accountability of public officers is the legal basis for the relevant government agencies to conduct an investigation,” Roque added.
Drilon has dismissed Napoles’ claim as fake news; saying her statements are part of the administration’s efforts to stifle the opposition.