- Posted October 24, 2013 by
Not in Senate – Philippine lawyer
Lawyer Lorna Kapunan said the Senate is not the appropriate venue because of the agenda of some senators in using the hearings as a political platform.
“At the appropriate time and appropriate venue, she will talk,” Kapunan told dzMM radio in an interview.
Napoles has been summoned to the November 7 hearing of the Senate blue ribbon committee on the pork barrel scam.
What will happen at the Senate is a media spectacle where the public will be allowed to see who has the dirtiest linen, she said.
“Confrontation is good for the media. It will not help us in getting closer to a conviction,” Kapunan said, apparently referring to Napoles.
Besides, the Senate will not even be able to give Napoles immunity from suit despite assurances from some senators.
“Immunity given by the Senate does not prevent criminal culpability because only a court of law such as the Sandiganbayan or Ombudsman (can provide it),” she said.
She said she and her team gave Napoles her legal options, including invoking the “right to remain silent” and the “right against self-incrimination”.
She said no one “can waive those rights except her client.
“She was the one who said she doesn’t want to go (to the Senate),” she said, adding that even with a subpoena, the Senate will have to ask the Makati judge to secure her.
Kapunan stressed that at the right time and place, Napoles will “confirm the belief of the people that the PDAF (Priority Development Assistance Fund) has been abused by public officials, even down to the mayors.”
Meanwhile, Kapunan said Napoles is not only feeling the physical effects of her detention at Fort Santo Domingo, Santa Rosa, Laguna.
She said Napoles’ experience has turned “psychological” up to the point that she is now feeling that snipers are outside her detention cell.
Kapunan said “it’s not so much of a health issue, it’s already psychological. She’s locked in her room at night, without any family member close to her. She’s imagining things.”
Napoles was rushed to the hospital early Thursday after complaining of a stomach ache. She suffered from nausea and vomiting.