granting of immunity to whilstleblowers, praises decision to reject
Napoles immunity plea
By Office of the Senate
June 6, 2014
PASAY CITY – Senate
Majority Leader Alan Peter "Companero" S. Cayetano lauded the Office
of the Ombudsman for granting immunity to pork scam whistleblowers and
for recognizing Janet Lim-Napoles to be the "most guilty" in the
misuse of government funds.
"Tama ang desisyon ng
Ombudsman to side with the whistleblowers. This will give them the
assurance na magpalit man ng administrasyon, protektado pa rin sila. I
laud the ombudsman for her decision" Cayetano said.
As it approved immunity for
Luy and other witnesses, the Ombudsman denied Napoles' bid for
immunity for "not meeting the qualifications to become an immune
"I have always been 100
percent against any type of immunity for Napoles and I'm happy with
the Ombudsman's decision," Cayetano added.
He also said that the
administration should provide more incentives and protection to
whistleblowers to encourage them to step forward and reveal what they
know in hopes of exposing corruption in government.
“There is a need to finally
pass the Whistleblowers Act and expand and strengthen our Witness
Protection Program to protect witnesses from threats and make sure
that their role in exposing anomalies will not harm their family’s
safety and livelihood." Cayetano said.
He added that we must learn
from other countries where the safety and livelihood of whistleblowers
are protected and ensured long after they have testified.
whistleblowers are now watching this case and if we show them that
people like them will be protected and taken cared of by the state
then we will see more courageous people willing to risk their lives to
expose and weed out corruption from government.” Cayetano said.