Senate seeks Ombudsman opinion on Napoles' attendance to the Senate probe

September 24, 2013 10:20 am 

MANILA, Sept 23 — The Senate has sought the advise of the Ombudsman on the attendance of Janet Napoles, the alleged brains of the P10 billion pork barrel scam, to the Senate probe.

Senate President Franklin Drilon said via his official Twitter account that the Ombudsman must determine confidentiality of the proceeding; whether or not it can adversely affect case.

“I have no opinion precisely that’s why I ask the Ombudsman because beyond the relevancy and non-relevancy of the case is the power of the Ombudsman,” Drilon said.

He explained that he really has not put much thought into it but since Napoles was under the custody of the Makati court, any movement must be cleared by the Makati court.

“I've already sought Ombudsman (Conchita) Morales' opinion regarding Senate Blue Ribbon's request to subpoena Napoles,” Drilon said.

“We await for their response,” the senate president added.

On the other hand, Blue Ribbon Chair, Teofisto Guingona III and Finance Chair Francis Escudero have both expressed their desire to have Napoles attend the hearing, saying that her presence would be “crucial”. (PNA)



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