Court denies motion to defer Napoles arraignment
MANILA - A Makati regional trial court judge has rejected anew a petition by businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles to defer her arraignment scheduled next Monday, September 23, at 1:30 p.m.
Napoles' arraignment has already been postponed once, because of a pending motion for Certiorari by the defense at the Court of Appeals.
In his resolution however, Makati RTC Branch 150 Judge Elmo Alameda said that there was no reason to defer the arraignment again, citing the lack of any restraining order from the higher court.
Napoles is charged with serious illegal detention by her former employee Benhur Luy, who has turned state witness in the plunder and malversation case of the DOJ against several lawmakers and individuals. Napoles is also a respondent in the said case along with senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Bong Revilla, and Jinggoy Estrada.
The plunder case is already with the Office of the Ombudsman.
Meanwhile, Luy's counsel Atty. Levito Baligod revealed that they will be charging at least 3 more individuals with serious illegal detention. He declined to name names at this stage however.