• ‘Napoles counsel paid with tainted money’


    An anti-corruption advocacy group has expressed disgust over the notion that businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles, alleged mastermind in the P10-billion pork barrel scam, is using “tainted” money to pay for the services of lawyer Lorna Kapunan.

    Dante Jimenez, founding chair of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) said that while there is the so-called attorney-client privileges which assured confidentiality between the two parties, knowing that Napoles could be using the pork barrel money to pay her lawyer is very disturbing.

    Napoles, who is being accused in masterminding, what could be the biggest controversy that hit the legislative and the executive branch of government, has hired the services of Kapunan, who handled several high profile cases in the past including people in show business.

    “It’s as if we’re being fried in our own fat, [Para tayong niluluto sa sariling mantika],” Jimenez said.

    He added that Kapunan is no ordinary lawyer and hiring her to be your counsel requires a lot of money.

    Jimenez added that aside from the money being used to pay Kapunan’s services, all the properties acquired by Napoles may also be sourced from the taxpayers’ money used in the priority development assistance fund (PDAF) allotted to legislators.

    Prepare the jails
    Meanwhile, Jimenez called on Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd to allot more funds to Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City to be used for the renovation of its detention cells in anticipation of arrival of legislators that will be detained there.

    According to Jimenez, Camp Bagong Diwa is the most ideal facility to detain all those
    that will be charged in connection with the PDAF controversy because apart from having enough space, the camp is also near the Makati Regional Trial court.

    “Fort Santo Domingo is 46 away from Manila, while Makati Jail is too small and already crowded so the best choice is Camp Bagong Diwa,” Jimenez pointed out.

    The Commission on Audit on its special audit report covering 2007-2009 showed 12 senators and 180 congressmen channeling their PDAF to bogus non-government organizations carrying out bogus projects.

    Jefferson Antiporda


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