Napoles didn't work for PNoy - Palace
MANILA - Malacañang on Thursday dismissed an allegation made in a newspaper column that businesswoman Janet Napoles worked for President Aquino in the past by helping convince lawmakers to vote in favor of impeaching Chief Justice Renato Corona and passing the reproductive health law.
Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the government has other pressing matters to attend to and prefers not to comment on this anymore.
He reiterated that President Aquino did not know Napoles personally.
An article by Manila Standard columnist Jojo Robles quoted an unnamed source as saying that Aquino allegedly tapped Napoles to help convince lawmakers to vote for Corona's impeachment and to pass the RH law.
The same newspaper also published a column by former Senator Francisco Tatad claiming that Napoles was already in Malacañang on August 28 and had lunch with the President even before her surrender later that day.
Malacañang has denied Tatad's claims, saying that Aquino had several appointments on the afternoon of August 28.