Threats to Napoles’ life receive ‘preliminary merit’-A A +A
Friday, August 30, 2013
JUSTICE Secretary Leila de Lima said Friday supposed threats to kill businesswoman Janet Napoles will be looked into considering that influential people are involved in the alleged pork barrel scam.
"Even di pa na-vavalidate, I think we can give this allegation benefit of the doubt. We can give this some preliminary merit kasi posible nga naman dahil may ibang nadadawit ay mag-isip na gumawa ng masama sa kanya,” she told reporters.
De Lima said other groups may also take advantage of the situation and assassinate Napoles, which can be blamed to the government for not providing ample security.
Jail authorities could not guarantee her safety, pushing Judge Elmo Alameda of Makati City Regional Trial Court branch 150 to grant Napoles’ request to be transferred from a detention facility in Makati to Fort Sto. Domingo in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
It is not immediately known when she will be brought to her new prison cell.
De Lima, meanwhile, maintained Napoles was not accorded special treatment despite being the central figure of the scam, where she allegedly helped lawmakers pocket public funds through fake non-government organizations (NGOs).
Lawyer Edre Olalia, for his part, slammed the government for going the extra mile to ensure that Napoles is okay unlike its treatment to activists and ordinary people accused of “false charges.”
“This spectacle that the Aquino administration is showing…even prematurely considering her as a potential state witness, is obscene and shows great insensitivity to the feelings of ordinary Filipinos. Hold on, for a moment there we got confused who was the accused and who was not,” said Olalia, secretary general of the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL).
Napoles and her still at large brother Reynald Lim are facing cases for alleged serious illegal detention of whistleblower Benhur Luy. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)