Justice Secretary Leila De Lima said on a text message that releasing the Napoles’ list it is up to the Senate. “By law and the Constitution, yes, the Senate can compel me to disclose the list, under pain of contempt,” the secretary said as a response to some lawmakers’ request to release the list.
However de Lima appealed to concerned parties “to wait for the proper time and give me enough space to discharge my mandated tasks with utmost responsibility.”
According to her the list will be released in due time after the completion of Napoles’ official statement and investigation process.
On the other hand the Palace is on de Lima’s side. Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said, “The secretary of justice has been given the responsibility of doing what needs to be done and we will just await her report or update regarding this matter.”
The Palace also assured that there will be no special treatment if an administration lawmaker is included in the said list.