Getting the Napoles money shot
Police special forces, media people, and bystanders outside the Makati City Jail before the arrival of Janet Lim-Napoles. (Shot by Archie Torres, ABS-CBN News)
“Huwag na sanang madaling-araw!” reporter Raffy Santos said over his mic. “Pagkatapos ng live ko sa Bandila, tapos na rin duty ko.”
Raffy was preparing for his 9 p.m. live update for Studio 23’s Iba-Balita from the Makati City Jail. Our work day began too early and was not yet over. My ENG van crew and I were in for the overnight—a repeat of our storm vigils the week before.
I was telling Raffy via override that it would do us a world of good if our news subject arrived during the late-night newscast. That way, everyone could catch some recharge time before the slew of morning show lives. Raffy hoped it would not breach the end of his shift.
“Huwag ka mag-alala,” I replied. “Sakto, habang nagli-live tayo darating yun.”
We were waiting for Janet Lim-Napoles, long-hunted suspect in a scam that funneled P10-billion from the Priority Development Assistance Funds (PDAF) of legislators.
The night before, she surrendered surreptitiously to Pres. Benigno Aquino III. Before the public learned about it, Aquino quickly escorted her to the national police headquarters in Camp Crame.
Now, the court in charge of Napoles’s illegal detention case ordered her moved to the Makati City Jail. Her transfer could happen any time.Disclaimer: The views in this blog are those of the blogger and do not necessarily reflect the views of ABS-CBN Corp.