Amusing reactions to Janet’s surrender-A A +A
Friday, August 30, 2013
THE surrender of Janet Lim-Napoles, who hid from authorities for days after a case for a non-bailable offense of serious illegal detention was filed against her, has been interpreted in various ways. Napoles surrendered to no less than President Noynoy Aquino Wednesday night through presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda.
Napoles is also the main figure in the current investigation into the "P10 billion" pork barrel scam that has shaken the sensibilities of even ordinary Filipinos. Her surrender to Aquino therefore raised worries of her entering a deal with Malacañang.
But I read Lacierda's narration of the events leading to Napoles's surrender and I didn't find any gaps or anything suspicious in it. It was cloak and dagger like any surreptitious act (the meeting place was a cemetery, although a classy one) and the President's action was consistent with that of one who has played many video games.
President Noynoy Aquino meeting Janet Lim-Napoles in Malacañang during her surrender and his accompanying the surrenderer to Camp Crame has caught the ire of some people, including NBN-ZTE deal whistle-blower Rodolfo “Jun” Lozada Jr. It also became an occasion for Aquino administration critics to go around the media flogging the President.
In Lozada’s amusing logic, the President should have met Benhur Luy, the whistle-blower in the “P10 billion” pork barrel scam, before he met Napoles, a major player in that scam. I say “amusing” because Lozada seemed to think that Napoles meeting the President was a courtesy call.
Napoles before that Malacañang meeting was a fugitive of the law and a few hours before her surrender had a bounty of P10 million on her head. The country’s law enforcers were spending time and money looking for her.
So what would the President have done when negotiations for the surrender of Napoles led to his doorstep that night? Rush to Benhur Luy first before meeting Napoles?
How do you define special treatment of a prisoner? What are the parameters to luxury? How do you balance the act of securing a prisoner with ensuring he or she won’t be given special treatment?
Those are tricky questions that the jailers of Janet Lim-Napoles are surely pondering upon considering how jumpy the public has become with regards to her detention.
Napoles was brought to the Makati City Jail Thursday night wearing bullet proof vest and was accompanied by Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas and presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda. She was ushered into an airconditioned office and not a regular detention cell for security reasons. Special treatment by Malacañang?
Late yesterday, Makati Regional Trial Court Judge Elmo Alameda ordered Napoles’s transfer to the more secure but comfortable Fort Sto. Domingo in Sta. Rosa Laguna.
Alameda said Napoles is a high-profile detainee and needs a safer facility. Special
treatment by the court?
Here’s another amusing speculation regarding Janet Lim-Napoles’s surrender to the President: a deal has been hatched wherein Napoles would finger only opposition senators and congressmen in the pork barrel scam and not pro-administration legislators in exchange for leniency on her.
I mean, the capacity of some people to imagine things is really amazing. Then again, many of those who are concocting and spreading this speculation are the usual suspects: minions of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who are riding on the people’s outrage over the pork barrel scam to advance their political agenda.
What I am saying is that we need to come up with proof other than mere insinuations to prop up this Napoles-Malacañang conspiracy theory.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 31, 2013.