• SC affirms Napoles indictment


    The Supreme Court (SC) has affirmed the indictment of Janet Lim Napoles in connection with the alleged anomalous use of the priority development assistance fund (PDAF) of former Agusan del Sur Rep. Rodolfo Plaza.

    The cases involve the allegedly anomalous disbursement of P27.5 million frm 2004 to 2010.

    The SC found no grave abuse of discretion in the findings of the Office of the Ombudsman that there exists probable cause in her case.

    “The court (SC) upheld the Ombudsman’s determination of probable cause and reiterated its deference to the Ombudsman’s performance of said duty in the absence of showing of grave abuse of discretion which the court found to be absent in the petitions,” the high tribunal said.

    The SC junked Napoles’ petition along with those filed by her co-accused, John Raymund De Asis and Alan A. Javellana.

    The respondents were charged with malversation of public funds, corruption of public officials, and violation of Section 3 (e) (causing undue injury to any party or giving any private party any unwarranted benefits, advantage or preference in the discharge of his official administrative or judicial functions through manifest partiality, evident bad faith or gross inexcusable negligence) of Republic Act No. 3019, also known as the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

    Napoles is facing a slew of criminal complaints in connection with the alleged anomalous disbursement of PDAF of several lawmakers.

    Last year, the Sandiganbayan allowed her and another co-accused, Masbate Governor Rizalina Seachon-Llanete, to post a bail of P500,000 each for the plunder cases they are facing over the misuse of the latter’s PDAF when she was still a member of the House of Representatives. However, Napoles remains in jail because she was convicted by a lower court for serious illegal detention, a non-bailable offense.


    Please follow our commenting guidelines.


    1. Disagree to the comment “Pilipinos are corrupt to the core.” Correction: ONLY some Pilipinos, particularly those in power. Sounds OK that SC upholds ruling re Napoles’ guilt.

    2. we always complain of corruption because our taxes paid was used differently …. you know it will not exist if we will not pay our taxes and no way this crocodiles will get any money from us …. then if we will not pay our taxes then we don’t have any functioning government …. one visible and invisible reality is that Filipinos is CORRUPT TO THE CORE and nobody can erase that kind of mentality … even it takes a thousand years … a hopeless breed of people …

    3. Napoles is only an accessories to the crime and not the principal… Senators and Congressman with Abad and Pnoy is the principal..

    4. All these public officials charged with plunder, corruption, malversation of public funds, and some other “modus operandi” they have used to steal money from the Treasury are GUILTY, because they caused undue injury to the Filipino people. Philippine politics is a “lucrative” profession because the money they spent during the campaign will return several hundred times, compliment of the Filipino people. The Hefty Return of Investment or ROI for business people will depend on how the politicians design their modus operandi or in Tagalog, kanya-kanyang diskarte yan.