Napoles may not be able to visit mom's grave
MANILA, Philippines - Businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles wants the court to speed up the resolution of the petition for bail that she filed in connection with the serious illegal detention case filed against her so she could visit the tomb of her mother on Nov. 1.
“She was hoping that the bail hearings would be finished… based on the original schedule it should have been concluded since last week... This is the second day of the cross-examination. She is very sad because the prosecution took so long, she may not be able to visit her mother because the bail hearing is still pending,” Napoles’ lawyer Lorna Kapunan told reporters after the hearing yesterday.
Napoles’ cousin and pork barrel scam whistleblower Benhur Luy, who filed the case, took the witness stand yesterday.
Kapunan said the prosecution panel does not understand the reason why Napoles’ lawyers are rushing her bail petition hearings.
“As you very well know, she was very close to her mother. She surrendered in front of her mother’s mausoleum… This is the first time that she will not be able to join her mother. That is why we have been trying to speed up these bail hearings but apparently to no avail,” she said.
The tomb of Napoles’ mother is at the Heritage Park in Taguig City.
Kapunan also assured the public that Napoles would attend the Senate Blue Ribbon committee hearing on the congressional pork barrel scam on Nov. 7.
She said Napoles would not use her health as an excuse.
“Speculations that we are laying the predicate for a hospital arrest or that she would have to be put on a wheelchair and that the government will oppose any moves on our part. There are no moves on our part for her not to attend the Nov. 7 Senate investigation,” she said.
During his appearance before the Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150 yesterday, Luy said he resisted the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) agents who rescued him last March 22 thinking that they were assassins sent by Napoles and her brother Reynald Lim. – With Marvin Sy