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Aquino: Raps vs Napoles ready

By MADEL SABATER-NAMIT

President AquinoPresident Aquino said yesterday the public may expect the filing of charges against Janet LimNapoles by this Friday or Monday next week.

The President said it will be the first wave of charges against the businesswoman with regard to the pork barrel scam.

“I understand it will be filed not later than Monday. There’s a possibility it can be filed by Friday,“ Aquino said.

Aquino, however, was mum on the lawmakers who will be charged in the pork barrel scam.

He also denied that he has already met Napoles even before he became President.

He said he himself felt that Napoles did not look the same in the pictures he saw in newspapers compared to when he saw her in person the day she surrendered to him in Malacanang last August 28.

“You know when I saw her when she came to the Palace, I was trying to look at her and I don’t remember her. I am normally very good with faces baka sometimes, ano, but I’m poor with names. She doesn’t look fa miliar whatsoever,“ Aquino said.

“In fact, I’ll be very honest with you, parang compared sa pictures na nakita ko sa diyaryo at saka iyong kaharap ko, may konti akong…Parang may pumasok lang sa isip ko for a little while, “Ito ba talaga itong hinahanap natin?“ he said.

“I can’t even say I ever said `hi’ to her,“ he added. “I tried to research in my mind if I ever came across her or even heard of her name; and I hope I am not turning senile but I don’t recall any incident.“

The President, meanwhile, said there is an ongoing parallel investigation by the Department of Justice (DoJ) on other personalities operating similar scams.

Napoles surrendered to President Aquino on August 28 after he announced the P10-million reward money for anyone who could give information on Napoles’ whereabouts.

Napoles met with the President in Malacanang before she was turned over to Camp Crame. She was later transferred to Fort Sto. Domingo in Sta. Rosa, Laguna to ensure her safety.

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