Palace shows first photos of Napoles surrender
MANILA - Malacanang showed the first few photos of the surrender of businesswoman Janet Napoles before President Benigno Aquino III late Wednesday.
A couple of photos showed Napoles and her husband, Jimmy, going through the security check before being allowed to go up the President’s Hall at the second floor of Malacanang Palace.
There, Napoles was wearing a brown jacket with her hoodie covering her head.
Another photo showed Napoles at the receiving area with her husband and lawyer Lorna Kapunan. Cabinet Secretary Rene Almendras and Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda were looking on.
Malacanang did not show the actual presentation of Napoles to President Benigno Aquino III. It was Aquino who secured Napoles’ transfer at Camp Crame for her booking.
In a press conference this morning, Lacierda said Aquino only wanted to secure Napoles, who allegedly has threats to her life.
Over at the Official Gazette, Malacanang defended Aquino’s actions in securing Napoles.
Several instances of wanted individuals personally meeting or surrendering to the Philippine President were listed there.
Malacanang said several high-profile individuals surrendered to President Manuel Quezon, Elpidio Quirino, Ramon Magsaysay and Fidel Ramos.