Bishops hope justice wheel now moves with Napoles' surrender

August 30, 2013 9:41 am 

MANILA, August 29 — Catholic prelates are hoping that the wheels of justice will start moving now that Janet Lim Napoles, the alleged mastermind in the P10 billion pork barrel fund scam has surrendered.

“Her being under government custody now is a step in the direction of justice. The direction is R.I.P, Reject corruption. Investigate fully. Prosecute immediately,” said Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas in a text message.

Basilan Bishop Martin Jumoad urged Napoles to tell everything she knows since the people want to know the truth.

“She must tell everything because all of us want to know the truth. I pray that the Holy Spirit will guide her to tell the truth,” he said.

The Catholic bishop added, “I wish to congratulate her for her action to surrender. Truth will set her free. At the same time, she must cooperate with the team that will investigate her.”

Marbel Bishop Dinualdo Gutierrez echoed Jumoad statement.

“Thank God. Tell the whole truth. Return any illegally and immorally acquired wealth. Make reparation. Repent. Confess. My prayers.”

Iloilo Archbishop Angel Lagdameo is convinced that this is only the beginning.

“It is the beginning of honesty for the sake of common good. Let us watch what will happen to the money. It is only the beginning,” he added.

For retired Caloocan Bishop Deogracias Iniguez, the decision of Napoles to surrender was a good move.

“Mabuti at pwede na siyang masiyasat. Palabasin na sana niya ang buong katotohanan,” he said.

Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo appealed to Napoles to reveal what she knows and that the investigation will be transparent and not to be selected on who they will investigate.

“Panawagan natin kay Napoles, na sabihin lahat at sana ang investigation ay maging transparent kasi sigurado hindi lang mga former administration ang damay pati present administration. Wala dapat i-spare kung talagang daan na Matuwid. Lahat may mali dapat prosecute, hindi lang kalaban pati kakampi,” he said in a telephone interview.

For his part, retired Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz admitted that he was surprised over the fact that Napoles surrendered to Aquino.

“Para sa akin, namanagha ako, surprised and amazed at the script of the whole drama. Meaning to say, one day someone announces a reward for the capture of somebody. Then later that somebody surrendered to none other than to the one who offered the reward,” he said.

Cruz added, “It is but hard to guess that the one who surrendered will be persuaded to omit the names of individuals and offices connected to the pork barrel anomaly and at the same time very close to the power that be. In so many words, this whole telenovela has become a joke than a drama. I hope I’m wrong.”

Napoles, who was accompanied by her legal counsel, Atty. Lorna Capunan surrendered to President Aquino Wednesday night in Malacanang. (PNA)



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