P5 million bounty for Napoles brod stays
MANILA – A P5 million bounty for the brother of Janet Lim Napoles, the businesswoman implicated in the P10 billion pork barrel scam, will stay, Interior Seretary Manuel "Mar" Roxas II said Thursday.
Reynald Lim, brother of Napoles who was ordered arrested for serious illegal detention charges, has been in hiding since August 14.
Roxas said the P10 million bounty for Napoles will be withdrawn after the latter surrendered to President Aquino Wednesday night.
'Iyung status ng reward na iyan ay iwi-withdraw dahil voluntary surrender nga, gayun pa man ang reward sa kanyang kapatid ay tuloy dahil at large pa rin," Roxas said.
Napoles' lawyer, Lorna Kapunan, earlier said Lim will also surrender to authorities soon.
Roxas said Kapunan refused to give more information regarding Lim, saying the lawyer is not the legal counsel of the businesswoman's brother.
Napoles surrendered to President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday evening, saying she fears for her life.
Roxas said Napoles did not particularly say if someone has been sending threats to her life but appealed to the government to provide her ample security.
"Humingi siya ng katiyakan sa Pangulo na ang kanyang seguridad ay maaasahan niya, na hindi basta-basta kung sino ang makakalapit or makakagawa ng kahit ano laban sa kanya," he said.
"Hindi na naitanong mula kanino, kung may threatening letter or text. Pero palagay ko kung ikaw nga si Napoles at alam mo kung ano ang alam mo at ikaw nga ay nasa sentro ng kontrobersya na napakarami ang mataas na tao ang sangkot o nasasangkot nitong mga whistleblowers na ito, ay maaari na maraming nagnanais na mapatahimik ka," Roxas added.
As of Thursday morning, Napoles was still in Camp Crame in Quezon City. She and her brother were ordered arrested by a local court for the serious illegal detention charges filed by her distant relative and former assistant, Benhur Luy, who also tagged her in the multi-billion peso scam that has rocked the nation.
A case has yet to be filed against Napoles involving the alleged misuse of the pork barrel funds. The government, through the Inter-Agency Anti-Graft Coordinating Council (IAGCC), has launched a probe into the scam.
Napoles has been accused of setting up fake non-government organizations to pocket pork barrel funds from certain lawmakers, who in turn allegedly got huge cuts from the deal with the businesswoman. – with ANC