Prosec to present bank officers vs Napoles

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THE prosecution panel is set to present bank officials to testify against detained businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles in connection with the serious illegal detention case filed against her by pork barrel scam whistleblower Benhur Luy.

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State Prosecutor Edmund Seña said the bank officers and bank records will be their additional evidence in the case as they have presented most of their witnesses during the hearing on Napole’s motion to bail.

“We are still in the process of identifying the bank officers to be summoned,” Seña told reporters after the marking of evidence at the sala of Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150 Judge Elmo Alameda.

At the same time, Seña expressed reservation to present and mark additional evidence such as bank records, documents and inventory of personal belongings taken by Napoles from Luy.

During the marking of evidence, the prosecution panel adopted the marking of evidence earlier offered, presented, identified by lawyers and admitted by court.

For its part, the defense panel, represented by lawyer Francisco Tolentino, included in their list of evidence the affidavits of several people such as Fathers Paul Yang, Peter Guo, Joseph Gao, John Ma, Paul Do, Monsignor Josefino Ramirez, who stayed at Bahay ni San Jose in Makati city where they supposedly met Luy.

Bahay ni San Jose, a property reportedly owned by Napoles, is a residential facility for priests headed by Ramirez, who is also the spiritual director of the Divine Mercy Movement and founder of Divine Mercy Asia.

Tolentino also said that they will be presenting the counter affidavit of Napoles and a USB containing soft copies of some important documents.

Aside from adopting the earlier markings on the evidence, Tolentino also expressed reservation to present and mark other additional evidence.

The trial proper on the serious illegal detention case of Napoles will be on February 18 at 9:30 a.m.

RITCHIE A. HORARIO

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