Janet Lim-Napoles’ lawyer, Atty. Bruce Rivera says his client wants no less than immunity from criminal charge after revealing the informations on lawmakers and officials supposedly involved in the multibillion-peso worth of pork barrel scam.
Rivera said Napoles has not thought of entering a plea bargain agreement with the government in lieu of immunity, which many sectors do not approve of – as an option.
“We have not really discussed the plea bargain agreement as an option,” he told The STAR.
Rivera confirmed that his detained client wants to become state witness in cases involving not only the pork barrel scam but also the Malampaya Fund anomaly.
He pointed that Napoles is not perturbed by strong protests to her bid to become state witness and her request to begiven immunity.
“She will still continue with her testimony despite these objections. Even if she will not be accepted (as state witness), she will face the consequences of her testimony,” the lawyer said.
Earlier, President Aquino has expressed his doubts with regards on the qualification of Napoles as state witness.
He reportedly said that the businesswoman is not qualified since she is at the center of the controversy.
However, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said it is still too early to reach a decision on Napoles’ qualifications as a state witness.