MANILA, Nov 7 (Mabuhay) – Despite not feeling well, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago emerged during Thursday’s Senate blue ribbon committee hearing on the the alleged pork barrel scam to quiz supposed brains Janet Lim-Napoles.
Santiago reminded Napoles that she can not just invoke her right against self-incrimination, especially if her reasons are “merely trifling hazards” to her.
“Kaya hindin puwede na lahat na lang, ‘Baka masangkot ako.’ May mga guidelines iyan,” Santiago said.
Santiago admitted the Philippine version of the right against self-incrimination was has a wider scope (“mas malawak”) than its counterpart in the US.
“Masuwerte ka [Napoles], hindi ka binista sa Amerika,” Santiago said.
She added: “I will not bully you. I will not attempt to outshout you so i hope you will give me the same courtesy.”
Santiago also said she was of the opinion that only those who could not afford getting the services of a lawyer are entitle to get a Public Attorneys Office lawyer.
Santiago also reminded that while she is entitled to deny accusations against her, but she is not supposed to lie under oath.
“I remind you… Magkaiba iyong ayaw ko magsagot at iba ang magsinungaling ka sa harap ng senador,” she said. (MNS)