• Makati court ends Napoles’ bail petition hearing, to issue decision in 30 days

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    AFTER it finished the hearing on the bail petition of alleged pork barrel fund scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles on Wednesday, the Makati court handling the case has 30 days to issue its decision.

    Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 150 Elmo Alameda assured that he will be issuing the decision within the reglementary period after both the prosecution and defense panels rested their cases.

    Napoles’ motion was submitted for resolution on Wednesday after the prosecution and defense panels completed the presentation of their pieces of evidence and witnesses.

    “The court will endeavor to solve the case and issue its decision within the reglementary period,” Alameda said before he ended the hearing.

    Clerk of court Diosfa Valencia explained that under the rules, the court is given 30 days to issue a decision on the bail petition after the hearing is finished.

    “Within the month of November we can expect the resolution on bail. The judge will evaluate every evidence to weigh if the case is strong or not, if he will allow Napoles to post bail or not,” Valencia told reporters after the hearing.

    On Wednesday’s hearing, the court finished the testimony of Luy, who described his former boss and cousin the “most evil for him” because of his detention.

    Luy said he was detained by the Napoleses in a small stock room where he wrote his letters and his spiritual journals due to boredom.

    Besides Luy, the prosecution also presented as its witnesses National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) agent Rodante Berou, Flor Villanueva, Arlene Baltazar, Merlina Suñas, Marina Sula, Gertrudes Luy, and Annabel Luy-Ruario.

    They were presented to testify on the alleged illegal detention of Luy as ordered by Napoles and her brother Reynald “Jojo” Lim.

    Luy was allegedly detained for three months after Napoles found out that he secured a P5.5-million loan using her name and without her authorization.

    Napoles has also accused Luy of stealing P300,000 that he was supposed to deposit to her account.

    Luy also told the court on his plan to set up similar business as Napoles but it should be legal.

    “I am planning to put up the same business of supplying materials and participating in government biddings but it should be legal,” he added.

    While the defense lawyer Alfred Villamor presented its sole witness,Father Peter Edward Lavin.

    In his testimony, Lavin denied the claims of Luy that he was detained against his will by the Napoleses.

    He also maintained that Luy was just undergoing a spiritual renewal at the Bahay San Jose in Magallanes village in Makati City because of his vices and sins committed against Napoles.

    Father Lavin said he even saw Luy quite happy while walking beside the swimming pool talking with someone over the mobile phone.

    He also seen Luy praying in the garden and writing some biblical verses in his notebook.

    He said he offered their seminary in Antipolo City to be the retreat house of Luy but the latter did not surface at all. RITCHIE A. HORARIO

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