NBI warns coddlers of Napoles, brother
MANILA – The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is not discounting the possibility that fugitive Janet Lim Napoles, the businesswoman implicated in the P10 billion pork barrel scam, is being coddled by lawmakers and powerful people tagged in the scam.
NBI spokesperson Boy Zamora warned coddlers that they will be punished if found guilty.
“Hindi natin masasabi na mayroon o wala, lahat naman ay posible. Kung mayroon man, sasampahan natin ng kaso kung mapapatunayan namin na kinakanlung nila ang mag-kapatid,” he told dzMM on Wednesday.
Zamora admitted that finding Napoles has proven difficult because of her connections and the NBI’s inadequate resources.
But Zamora noted that it is unlikely that personnel from the NBI itself are hiding Napoles.
“Hindi kami naniniwala diyan, pinagkakatiwalaan namin ang mga kasamahan namin,” he said.
He said tracking teams have searched high and low for Napoles, but their efforts have yet to be rewarded.
On Wednesday, President Aquino said the government is putting up a P10-million reward for information leading to the arrest of Napoles and her brother, Reynald Lim, who are both wanted for illegal detention.
Zamora believes the bounty will boost their chances in finding the suspects.
“Malaking bagay ito para maka-enganyo sa kung sino man ang nakakaalam ng kinaroroonan nitong magkapatid na Napoles,” he said.
Zamora said it is also possible that the lives of the siblings are in danger because of the amount of money and personalities involved in the scam.
“Kaya nanawagan ako sa magkapatid na ito to surrender para maproteksyunan namin sila,” he said.
Zamora is asking hoax tipsters pretending to know the location of Napoles to stop giving false information to authorities.
He also appealed to the public to be vigilant and help the authorities in arresting Napoles and her brother.
“Huwag na tayo magbigay ng information na may kasamang panloloko. Tulungan niyo na lamang kami at maging seryoso tayo dito,” he said.