DESPITE strong opposition from the camp of alleged pork barrel fund scam queen Janet Lim-Napoles, a Makati court has granted the request for an extension of the prosecution panel.
In a one-page order, Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 150 Judge Elmo Alameda favored the request of the prosecution panel to extend the deadline for the submission of their comment on Napoles’ motion for reconsideration on her junked bail petition.
In extending the deadline, Alameda gave the prosecution panel headed by State prosecutor Christopher Garvida until January 23 to submit their comment.
Napoles’ lawyers earlier asked the court to deny the prosecution’s motion and resolve their motion for reconsideration without further comment or opposition.
After Alameda junked the petition for bail of Napoles, her lawyers immediately filed their motion for reconsideration.
Alameda then gave the prosecution panel 30-days to submit their comment on the motion for reconsideration of Napoles.
However, the prosecution panel asked the court to extend the deadline so that they may have more time to prepare their comment.
“While a draft of the opposition has been prepared, trial prosecutors feel the need to review the same, and not intended to delay the proceedings,” the prosecutors said.
In opposing the prosecution panel’s request, Napoles’ lawyers maintained that the 30-day period is enough for them to review and draft their comment on the motion for reconsideration.
“The 30-day period asked for and given was more than sufficient time for the prosecution team to draft, review, finalize and file its
opposition to the motion for reconsideration,” the defense panel said in their opposition.
Furthermore, the defense counsels said the accused has been deprived of liberty since 2013.
Napoles is currently detained at the Fort Sto Domingo in Sta. Rosa, Laguna for serious illegal detention case filed against her by cousin and pork barrel fund scam whistleblower Benjur Luy.
Both the prosecution and defense panels on Friday marked their pieces of evidence in preparation for the trial proper on February 28.
RITCHIE A. HORARIO