• Napoles camp dares AMLC to also freeze lawmakers’ bank accounts


    THE camp of detained businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles on Tuesday challenged the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) to also freeze the bank accounts of all lawmakers linked to the alleged pork barrel scam.

    Lawyer Lorna Kapunan, Napoles’ legal counsel, said the congressmen and senators’ bank accounts should also be scrutinized by AMLC since they were also named in a report by the Commission on Audit (COA).

    Kapunan pointed out that the same COA report was used by AMLC in freezing her client’s bank accounts.

    “That same COA report also names senators and congressmen. They are specifically named senators and congressmen. Why don’t you freeze all their accounts?” she told a television interview.

    Not only the bank accounts of lawmakers should be subjected to a freeze order by AMLC but also their children and office staff, according to Kapunan.

    “I challenge you not only their accounts but the accounts of their children and staff kasi pati staff, the accounts of their offices,” she added.

    Kapunan earlier complained that Napoles’ children have no more money to buy food after the council freezed their bank accounts.

    She likewise dared AMLC to also scrutinize and freeze the bank accounts of 82 non governmental organizations which were also named in the COA report and were dragged in the pork barrel scam.

    “Their only basis can be the COA report. I will remind everybody that the COA report had 82 NGOs. I challenge the AMLC freeze all the accounts of the 82 NGOs,” she said.

    From the said number, she said the government only scrutinized seven alleged  Napoles foundations. RITCHIE A. HORARIO


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    1. So Napoles wants the bank accounts of legislators to be frozen also because her accounts had been frozen. That proposal is self serving in favor of Napoles, and should not be allowed. Because that tantamount to saying that all legislators are corrupt which is not the case. Only those associated to the scam with strong evidence against them should be frozen.
      The problem with Lawyer Kapunan is that in the absence of credible defense of her client Napoles, she is resorting to the old saying that “offense is the best defense.” Instead of resorting to that tactics, she should use reasoning and evidence to defend her client, and not resorting to wild allegations.