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    EVEN if the Sandiganbayan has allowed Janet Lim-Napoles and two lawmakers implicated in the P10-billion Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam to post bail, the businesswoman will remain in jail because she has been convicted of serious illegal detention, Malacañang said on Wednesday.

    “It should be emphasized that Miss Napoles was convicted in April 2015 by the Makati Regional Trial Court for serious illegal detention. Accordingly, she cannot be released due to such conviction and the several other cases for plunder pending against her,” Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said.

    Napoles is serving a life term for illegally detaining her former employee, Benhur Luy, the principal witness in the PDAF or pork barrel scam.

    Coloma said the Palace respects the anti-graft court’s decision, noting that the Sandiganbayan is a “separate branch of government under the judiciary.”

    Some senators have expressed dismay over the Sandiganbayan decision allowing Napoles and former members of the House of Representatives Rizalina Seachon-Lanete and Edgar Valdez to post bail.

    Sen. Grace Poe said while she is aware that the legislature and the executive should not
    interfere with the decision of the judiciary, she believes that Napoles should not be granted bail.

    “As one of those who participated in the Senate investigation of the PDAF controversy, I believe that it is not right to allow Napoles bail, because the evidence against her is strong,” Poe noted.

    She said the pork barrel scam is one of the reasons why there is a need to review the justice system.

    “If we can’t implement the law equally, it will give more courage to unscrupulous individuals to continue their unlawful acts,” Poe added.

    Senator Teofisto Guingona 3rd said he remains optimistic that Napoles will not be able to get similar rulings in the other cases she is facing.

    He pointed out that right to bail is not indicative of acquittal and appeals can still be made.
    The senator said Napoles’ conviction by a lower court will ensure that she will not regain her freedom.

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    1. “If we can’t implement the law equally, it will give more courage to unscrupulous individuals to continue their unlawful acts,” Poe added.
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      Why are Aquino and Abad not in jail ?
      Why are only 3 senators out of 20 who gave Napoles their pork barrel money in jail ?

      Poe as one of those who participated in the Senate investigation of the PDAF controversy
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      Great job Poe, let all the liberal party thieves get away with it and they get to keep the stolen money as well.

    2. matino na pinoy on

      PDAF Business Woman Janet Lim Napoles and the rest of the accused of plunder should ROT IN JAIL. P10 Billion PDAF should have spent for the livelihood to upgrade the lives of Filipino people went to the pockets of (scum bag) politicians. The Filipino people were robed because these money, huge amount of money, clearly belonged to them. These politicians never thought about the very poor of the poorest, starving Filipinos that needed help. Make them pay and suffer the consequences of their actions.

      I am no longer surprise why so many people wanted to be elected as Congressman / woman, Senator, Governor, and Mayor or be politically appointed holding high government position, as I found out, it is a good business. They normally say their willingness to serve people and promise everything during their campaign, and once elected, they start developing strategies, on how to steel people’s money without being detected.This is the only way they can recuperate their campaign expenditures because their salaries during their whole time in office is only a very small percentage of the money spent during their campaign.

    3. Masyado ng hindi patas ang ating pamahalaan dapat ikulong pa din yan si Napoles dahil sa katiwalian niya at ikulong sa kulungan ng mga ordinaryong tao at wag bigyan ng special treatment. Agree ako sa side ni Sen Grace Poe maigi siya ang maging presidente para mawala na ang mga tiwali sa gobyerno.

    4. Maraming tao ang may kaparehong opinion ni Grace Poe na dapat ay hindi payagan na makalaya si Napoles, masyadong malaki ang naging parte ni Napoles para lokohin ang sambayanan kaya walang rason upang paayain ang masamang tao na yan. Sana ay hindi talaga siya makalayaat pagdusahan niya ang nagawa niyang kasalanan.