3 Napoles lists say different Things
The Senate has just made public a copy of the ‘Napoles list’ of lawmakers who are said to be involved in the PDAF issue, leading to denials from current and former government officials.
But as the first of three list is made public, there are talks that mismatch in the lists may sow more confusion than lead to clarity on the issue.
There are three known Napoles lists: the first is the copy she furnished to President Aquino, second is the copy she gave Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and third is the copy given by Janet-Lim Napoles’ family to Rehabilitation Secretary Panfilo Lacson.
Lacson’s list is currently in the hands of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee while de Lima’s list is yet to be handed over. Blue Ribbon Chair Teofisto Guingona III had already subpoenaed de Lima’s list, and the Justice secretary told news daily Inquirer via SMS that ‘Since it’s a subpoena, I will comply.’
President Aquino confessed yesterday at a hotel in Burma, that he saw 2 lists ‘and they don’t agree with each other exactly.’ He was referring to the list he personally received from Napoles and the list that came from de Lima. He added that the list from Lacson was another list that had a ‘substantial detail’ which differed from the two.
Contrary to what the media is saying, Aquino added that the list from de Lima was unsigned. By his understanding, the second list ‘is still a work in progress’ and that Napoles is set to ‘is still a work in progress.’
The discrepancies among the three lists have got the president worried. He wondered ‘Why are there differences from the information you are getting from one witness who is supposed to be narrating facts?
‘Ano ba talaga, Ate? (Which one is the real thing, Sis?)’
The president suspected that the mismatched lists would ‘cloud the whole issue’ and that it ‘makes the process of arriving at the truth much more difficult.’
In any case, despite the mismatch, the president believed that lies could still help to ‘ferret out the truth.’
Earlier today, Lacson in a television interviewed dropped the bomb and named incumbent senators Santiago, Escudero and Cayetano; former senator Gringo Honasan and Budget Management secretary Abad as among those in the Napoles list given to him