Napoles longs for freedom but accepts life behind bars


Alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles longs for her freedom but she has accepted the fact that she now has to live behind bars.

Her lawyer, Stephen David, said Napoles’ attitude towards her detention is one of acceptance.

But the businesswoman, who surrendered to President Benigno Aquino 3rd exactly a year ago today when he announced a P10-million bounty on her head, remains hopeful that she will hurdle all the legal cases that she is facing.

“Tanggap naman niya yung kalagayan niya, (She has accepted her situation),” David told the Manila Times in an interview. He said his client is in good health and mindset.

“Ang concern niya ay makalaya (her concern is to be free),” he added.
Napoles, who is facing plunder and graft complaints in connection with the pork barrel scam, is detained at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) female dormitory in Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan.

She has asked the three divisions of the Sandiganbayan to let her post bail for her temporary freedom.

Napoles was named as respondent in the separate plunder charges filed against Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. and Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada.

The three senators are accused of amassing millions in kickbacks by pouring their pork barrel funds to bogus non-government organizations (NGOs) allegedly owned or controlled by Napoles.

She is also a respondent in another 42 counts of graft.

David expressed optimism that his client’s petitions for bail will be granted.

The said that the only thing implicating his client is witness Benhur Luy’s word, whom he described as a “polluted source.”

“Lahat ng tao puwedeng gumawa ng kuwento (Anybody can concoct a
story),” the lawyer said.

David said Napoles was in the United States at the time when Luy claimed that she gave the kickbacks to Revilla’s staff, Richard Cambe.
Luy’s testimony, he added, was “full of lies and inconsistencies.”

Luy was the president of the Social Development Program for Farmer’s Foundation, Inc. (SDPFFI), one of the alleged NGOs of Napoles.

David also questioned the witness’ credibility and described Luy as “evasive and having selected memory.”

The defense will continue its cross-examination of Luy in today’s bail hearing at the Sandiganbayan’s First Division that handles Revilla’s case.


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