Lawyer gives lecture to Sen. Pangilinan’s remarks on Napoles to become a state witness: Kiko is incorrect

A lawyer as well as a member of the “Impeach Leni Team” addressed Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan for his remarks on Janet Lim Napoles’ capability to become a state witness.

In a video posted on Youtube channel of Politiko, Pangilinan said it’s a mystery to make a person to become a state witness after her anomalies with congressmen and senators.

“Alam mo, malaking kababalaghan pag ginawa mong state witness kung sino mang nakipagsabwatan sa naparaming kongresista at senado. Hindi tama ito. Mastermind, gagawin mong state witness? Paano na ang PDAF cases?” said Pangilinan in a statement.

Atty. Trixie Cruz-Angeles, a critic of Vice President Leni RObredo and supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte explained why Kiko gave an incorrect statement.

In her Facebook post, she explained one by one why Napoles could be a credible witness to investigate graft and corruption cases tagged to some congressmen and senators.

“Kiko Pangilinan says Janet Napoles cannot be a state's witness because according to him, she is the mastermind in these cases. The Rules of Court require the following: (a) There is absolute necessity for the testimony of the accused whose discharge is requested; (b) The is no other direct evidence available for the proper prosecution of the offense committed, except the testimony of said accused; (c) The testimony of said accused can be substantially corroborated in its material points; (d) Said accused does not appear to be the most guilty; and (e) Said accused has not at any time been convicted of any offense involving moral turpitude,” said Angeles.

In conclusion the prominent lawyer slammed Kiko for his incorrect statement such that Napoles is not a government official but is involved in cases like plunder or graft.

“So Kiko is incorrect. Because the crime here is plunder or graft. And the persons primarily punished under these laws are government officials. Napoles is not a government official but is involved in these cases by conspiracy. The ones who in accordance with the requirements stated above "appear the most guilty" would of course be the the government officials,” she added.

Below is the full Facebook post of Atty. Trixie Cruz-Angeles

Source: Luminous by Trixie Cruz-Angeles