Napoles' flight a sign of guilt: whistleblowers' lawyer
MANILA -- The camp of the whistleblowers in the Malampaya and pork barrel scam on Thursday said the fact that Janet Lim-Napoles has not yet surfaced to face arrest is an indication of guilt.
"Flight is an indication of guilt. Ibig sabihin ayaw nilang harapin yung asuntong inihain sa kanila. Kung nagsasabi ka ng totoo at wala kang kasalanan, sabi nga ng [Supreme Court], kasingtapang ka ng leon para harapin ang akusasyon na yan," said Atty. Levito Baligod, counsel for the whistleblowers.
He said they have information that Napoles had been informed that a warrant for her arrest was already in the offing, effectively giving her time to flee.
"Dahil alam ko, I know for a fact, that a state prosecutor leaked the info that a resolution was forthcoming. Di naman niya sinabi kung anung kalalabasan, ngunit sinabi na meron nang lalabas na resolution. That could be the subject of a complaint na pinagiisipan din namin," Baligod said.
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.
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima disclosed the court's decision 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.
De Lima on Thursday told reporters that Napoles is now considered a "high profile fugitive."