• Napoles siblings escape arraignment on graft raps


    A DAUGHTER and son of businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles, alleged brains of the P10-billion pork barrel scam, eluded arraignment on graft charges leveled against them in connection with the racket by filing a petition to postpone the indictment.

    Lawyer Dennis Pulma, the Clerk of Court of the Sandiganbayan’s Third Division, on Friday said the deferment of the arraignment of Jo Christine Napoles and James Christopher Napoles stemmed from the motion for reconsideration of the anti-graft court’s September 30 resolution indicting them for the graft charges.

    In their plea, the Napoles siblings argued that testimony of prosecution witness Marina Sula that they acted in conspiracy with their mother Janet in siphoning off government funds out of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel of lawmakers is dubious and cannot be supported by any other independent piece of evidence.

    The siblings are two of Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile’s co-accused in multiple graft raps involving his PDAF.

    If not for the motion for reconsideration, Jo Christine and James Christopher would have to enter their pleading on the graft cases leveled against them at 1 p.m. on Monday, October 13.

    The arraignment of their other 11 co-accused, however, will push through.

    Napoles family lawyer Stephen David argued that slapping graft charges against Mrs. Napoles’ children defies common sense.


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