She’s as normal as any person accused of illegal detention. Or perhaps plunder.
The Palace is not buying the claim of the camp of Janet Lim-Napoles that the detained businesswoman is in danger of suffering from mental illness, at least not yet.
Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte expressed such sentiments a day after Napoles’ lawyer, Lorna Kapunan, claimed before the media that her client is already showing signs of mental problems because Napoles has started talking to herself while she is in solitary confinement.
As such, Kapunan cited that her client needs a companion inside her detention cell.
“I do not know what has been the basis of Atty. Kapunan in saying such, but we can say that the prosecution is ready to contend that. The government is ready to determine if that was really her case,” Valte told state-run Radyo ng Bayan.
Napoles is incarcerated in Fort Sto. Domingo in Laguna because of the illegal detention charges leveled against her by her former employee and distant cousin Benhur Luy. The suspected pork barrel scam mastermind reportedly “senses” the presence of assassins outside her detention center.
“We certainly won’t immediately take their word for it,” Valte said.
Luy is one of the whistleblowers of the P10-billion Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam which allegedly raked in by the bogus entities owned by Napoles.
In one instance in the Senate. Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on the PDAF mess, Luy disclosed that the amount of Napoles’ cash kickbacks from PDAF-funded projects was so huge the money cannot fit into a vault that her employees were forced to place the money in a bathtub and underneath Napoles’ bed.