- Alleged pork barrel scam mastermind happy with acquittal over serious illegal detention charges
- Her lawyer said she’s ready to name more involved in pork barrel scam if she’s made state witness
- DOJ secretary said they will no longer appeal acquittal
MANILA, Philippines – Fresh from her acquittal over the charges of serious illegal detention filed against her by cousin Benhur Luy, alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles was all smiles en route to the Sandiganbayan on Wednesday.
Facing a separate plunder case, Napoles — under heavy escort — went to the anti-graft court to sign a pre-trial order. Instead of appearing in the usual orange prison garb of the Bureau of Corrections, a visibly happier Napoles arrived wearing civilian attire.
Before entering the premises, she even smiled and waved at the throng of reporters hoping to catch a quote or two from her.
Napoles Ready to Reveal All If…
Meanwhile, the lawyer representing Napoles in her pork barrel case said his client is ready to name several other lawmakers and officials in the executive department under the condition she be made a state witness.
Saying he spoke with Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre, lawyer Stephen David added he hopes Napoles will be added into the government’s witness protection program should the plan push through.
“We are just exploring [the] possibility that my client will be admitted to the Witness Protection Program (WPP),” the Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted him as saying.
For his part, Aguirre said the government will no longer appeal the acquittal in the serious illegal detention case since he agrees with Solicitor General Jose Calida’s statement of the evidence being weak .
“I agree with the Solicitor General. I do not think there is enough evidence that he (Benhur Luy) was restrained. So how can a case for serious illegal detention proceed?” he said.