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Napoles submits extended affidavit.

The lawyer of alleged P10 billion pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles on Monday handed over the complete and extended affidavit of his client, which contained the detailed scheme of the multi-billion peso racket and the alleged participation of senators, congressmen, and government officials in the scam.

Lawyer Bruce Rivera turned over a more-than 30 pages of Napoles affidavit at around 3 p.m., Monday, which included a narrative about the people whose names appeared on the Napoles list earlier submitted to the Senate.

He also said there were new names of senators and congressmen mentioned by her client in the complete affidavit.

"As promised to Sec. De Lima, we have already submitted the affidavit of Mrs. Napoles, the more complete and comprehensive one. And because she is asking as a prayer to be part of the Witness Protection Program, it is covered by the confidentiality rule," she said.

"At this point we are not at liberty to divulge any contents thereof," said Rivera, but revealed that the new affidavit was 30 pages long, describing it as "extensive and a tell-all."

Rivera also hinted that the affidavit contained a "narrative and a summary of the contents." He said that Napoles included a narrative about

He said the supposed irregularities detailed in the affidavit covered the years 2000 to 2009.

"Mrs. Napoles has been recalling everything and when she checked her records there were more that had transactions (with her)," Rivera said.

Rivera also said there is a possibility that this would not be Napoles' last affidavit on the pork barrel fund scam.

"In all honesty she has not been at home so hindi niya alam kung may records pa siyang iba na hindi na-check. So medyo hinahanap pa. So later on baka may mahanap pa," he said.

De Lima is set to submit the affidavit to the Senate blue ribbon committee in compliance to a subpoena issued earlier.

Napoles is facing plunder charges before the Office of the Ombudsman for allegedly orchestrating the pork barrel scam.

The Ombudsman has also recommended plunder charges against Senators Ramon Bong Revilla, Jinggoy Estrada and Juan Ponce Enrile for allegedly pocketing public funds from the supposed Napoles scam.

Napoles submitted the affidavit to the government as part of her application to be considered a state witness.

For her part, De Lima said she had transmitted the affidavit, as well as the first and "initial" affidavit already in her possession to the Senate on Monday, in compliance of the second extension granted her by the Blue Ribbon Committee.

The Justice chief reiterated her plea against making the affidavits public, while the vetting and evaluation of its contents have yet to be completed by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

"I reiterate my position... of course, I'm not imposing on the Senate, the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, and Sen. TG Guingona... but I reiterate my position na hindi na muna sana isapubliko ang mga yan," De Lima said.

She is also set to submit to the committee a copy of the contents of Benhur Luy's external hard drive, which supposedly show the accounting records in connection with the scam.


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Date:May 26, 2014
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