Janet Lim-Napoles, the central figure in the pork-barrel scandal, surrendered to President Benigno Aquino 3rd late last night, according to radio and television news reports.
Napoles turned herself in at 9:37 p.m., the reports said. There were no other details available, but Malacanang was to give a statement later.
Napoles’ lawyer, Lorna Kapunan, said in a radio interview her client decided to turn herself in because her life was in danger.
Kapunan said there were groups that were out to “silence” Napoles.
Napoles’ brother, Reynald Lim, was also scheduled to surrender later Wednesday night.
The government launched a nationwide manhunt for Napoles and Lim, who were charged with illegal detention before a Makati City court.
On Wednesday, President Aquino announced a P10-million bounty for Napoles.
Radio reports indicate that Napoles was taken to Philippine National Police headquarters in Camp Crame, and was turned over to Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas.
Kapunan had said Napoles would surrender only if the government assures her safety.