• Napoles advised: Avoid written orders to staff

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    Detained Janet Lim-Napoles, a businesswoman facing plunder charges stemming from the P10-billion pork barrel scam, has made it a point not to give written instructions to her employees in JLN Corp. on instructions of a friend who is a lawyer.

    Prosecution witness Marina Sula, president of the Napoles-owned non-government organization (NGO) Masaganang Ani Para sa Magsasaka Foundation Inc. (Mamfi), made the claim on Friday during Napoles’ bail hearing on her pending P172-million plunder raps before the Sandiganbayan Third Division.

    Sula identified the lawyer as Marciano “Rocky” Delson.

    “Madame Janet was advised that she should not give written instructions [to us]so that she can’t be traced,” she said in Filipino.

    But Napoles, who was in the courtroom, was clearly not bothered by Sula’s claims.

    She even laughed out loud when the witnesss said bank personnel had to call Napoles before they authorize Sula to withdraw money from the account of Mamfi, even if Sula has the legal standing to make a withdrawal even without Napoles’ consent, she being the president of the account owner, Mamfi.

    “Natatawa ako kasi lumalabas na nagsisinungaling siya. Sa totoo lang, pinigilan ko ang luha ko. Noon, ang siniraan niya ay isang Justice, ngayon si Attorney Rocky na isang taong napakatino. Kahit itanong nyo sa mga nakakakilala kay Attorney Rocky, hindi ho siya ganun, hindi ganun ang pagkatao niya [I was laughing because she is lying. In fact, I held my tears. She previously maligned a Justice, and now it’s Attorney Rocky who is a very decent person. You can ask the people who know Attorney Rocky, he is not who she {Sula} says he is. He is not that kind of person],” Napoles later told reporters in a chance interview.

    She was referring to former Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Gregory Ong, who was axed by the Supreme Court for his ties with Napoles.

    Sula previously said Napoles had told them not to worry about criminal charges in the pork barrel racket because of her ties with Ong.

    Napoles was acquitted in a malversation case involving Kevlar helmets for the military by the Sandiganbayan division presided by Ong.

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