Napoles camp dangles proof of pork barrel crimes

Posted at 05/26/14 12:04 PM

MANILA – The lawyer of Janet Lim Napoles said his client's final testimony is already completed but that pieces of evidence supporting it are not yet included.

Atty. Bruce Rivera said evidence that will buttress Napoles' claims in her affidavit will be revealed during official proceedings.

''Iyung ebidensya niya, iyung sa mga vouchers, ilalabas niya iyon in due time. Kapag meron nang official proceedings,'' Rivera told dzMM.

''Kasi hindi naman pwedeng ilalabas niya, kasi karamihan dito handwritten documents. Tapos yung iba naman, of course bank records. Eh kailangan natin ng court order for bank records to be presented kasi nga she deposited money, so siyempre kailangan ma-trace."

Napoles is facing plunder charges for allegedly pocketing pork barrel funds by setting up fake non-government organizations.

Rivera said his client's full affidavit contains pieces of information that were not present in the initial affidavit submitted to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima.

''The testimony of Mrs. Napoles would pertain to kung ano ang nalalaman niya at kung ano ang mga foundations na ginamit, paano nagkita, paano ang bigayan, saan binigay, kanino,'' he said.

''May mga instances kasi na nagbigay siya personally. May instances na dineposit niya sa bank account. May instances na may inutusan siyang ibigay."

The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee has set today as the deadline for Napoles to submit her complete affidavit.

'No plunder committed'

Rivera said that while Napoles is not denying all the allegations against her, he said his client's acts do not constitute plunder.

''Hindi naman dinedeny tahasan ang allegations, but [what] we are saying [is] that it does not constitute a crime. Our defense is not denial. Our defense is we are attacking the elements of the crime for it to be considered as plunder,'' he said.

''[Napoles is] not a public official,'' he added.

Meanwhile, the Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 150 is set to continue its hearing today on Napoles' motion for extended stay at the Ospital ng Makati.

Judge Elmo Alameda ordered OsMak medical director Perry Peralta and OsMak gynecologist Florentina Villanueva to appear in court today to explain Napoles' bleeding.

Alameda earlier suspended his order to have Napoles brought back to her detention room in Fort Sto. Domingo because of the bleeding.

Napoles also requested the court to move to June 2 the hearing on the serious illegal detention case filed by her former aide, Benhur Luy, because she has a new lawyer handling the case.

The businesswoman is now being represented by Stephen David in the serious illegal detention case, replacing Alfredo Villamor.