• Napoles asks court to stop plunder raps

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    SUSPECTED pork barrel scam architect Janet Lim-Napoles has questioned before the Supreme Court (SC) a decision of the Office of the Ombudsman indicting her and other accused for plunder and graft in connection with the P10-billion scam.

    In three separate petitions for certiorari lodged with the High Court, Napoles on Monday argued that the Ombudsman committed grave abuse of discretion when it found probable cause to indict her for plunder, among others.

    Napoles, a businesswoman, pointed out that she did not commit the crime alleged by the anti-graft office, led by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales.

    Aside from Napoles, Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. were also charged with the same offense arising from the scam.

    Enrile, Estrada and Revilla allegedly endorsed Napoles’ fake non-government organizations (NGOs), which became implementors of their Priority Development Assistance Fund projects, enabling the alleged “pork” queen to misappropriate the PDAF proceeds for her personal gain.

    As payback for their endorsements, the three senators supposedly received kickbacks from Napoles.

    But according to the businesswoman, “even the information filed before the [antigraft court]Sandiganbayan itself failed to establish that the common purpose or goal of the accused was to enable any public officer to amass, accumulate or acquire ill-gotten wealth, [as it alleged in the charge sheet filed by the Ombudsman.

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