MANILA, Nov. 7 (Mabuhay) – Whistleblower Marina Sula said during the Senate hearing on the pork barrel scam Thursday that alleged mastermind, Janet Napoles bought a number of shredders to destroy documents of transactions with her ‘clients’.
Sula said that it was she who Napoles tasked to file the vouchers to be signed by lawmakers to confirm their kickbacks but she was asked to shred them after.
It was not mentioned how many shredders Napoles bought but Sula said that she indeed bought shredders including one heavy duty shredder.
“She bought a heavy duty shredder so that it would not overheat (because of the number of documents she had to shred),” Sula said in Filipino.
Arlene Baltazar, also a whistleblower, confirmed Sula’s statement saying that the documents needed to be shred so that a team of National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) would have no traces of evidence that she was linked to the scam.
Napoles, however, refuted the whistleblowers’ statements and added that it was not true and that there were no kickbacks given to solons.
This is the sixth Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on the pork barrel scam and the first time Napoles faced the Senate to be probed.
For the first time since the scam broke out, Napoles met whistleblowers Benhur Luy and Gertrudes Luy, Mary Arlene Baltazar, Marina Sula, Merlina Suna and Simonette Briones. (MNS)