De Lima warns Napoles' 'coddlers'
MANILA - Justice Secretary Leila de Lima has issued a warning to alleged coddlers of Janet Lim-Napoles, the purported brains behind the P10 billion pork barrel scam.
She said the long arm of justice will also reach those who are hiding Napoles.
Napoles and her brother Reynald “Jojo” Lim are now wanted by authorities after a Makati court issued warrants of arrest against them for alleged serious illegal detention of whistleblower Benhur Luy.
De Lima told reporters on Thursday that Napoles is now considered a “high profile fugitive.” She earlier ordered the Bureau of Immigration to ensure that Napoles and her brother will not be able to exit the country.
De Lima disclosed the court’s decision on Wednesday night. She immediately ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to serve the arrest warrants.
The NBI has only received reports of sightings of Napoles.
She asked the public to report of any sighting of Napoles.
An operation center has been tasked to receive reports 24-hours. The numbers that can be contacted are: (02) 5241141 and 0917-5838-612.