SC junks with finality Napoles' petition

THE Supreme Court (SC) has junked with finality the motion filed by the alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles and her co-accused Atty. Jessica Lucila "Gigi" Reyes to nullify the finding of probable cause and the indictment order by the Sandiganbayan.

In a press conference at the SC on Tuesday, SC spokesperson Theodore Te announced that the magistrates denied the various motions for reconsideration filed by the lawyers of the petitioners seeking to reverse the SC's March 15, 2016 decision for lack of merit.

"The Court denied with finality the various motions filed by counsels for the petitioners from its March 15, 2016 decision whichF dismissed the petitions challenging the finding of the probable cause for lack of merit," the decision states.

The high court also dismissed the motion for reconsideration filed by Napoles' children James Christopher and Jo Christine assailing the arrest warrants issued against them by the Sandiganbayan.

Napoles' children are facing graft charges for their alleged involvement in the alleged misuse of lawmakers Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

Napoles, on June 16, 2014 asked three divisions of the Sandiganbayan to suspend the proceedings against her and defer the issuance of warrants for her arrest.

In motions submitted to the first, third and fifth divisions of the anti-graft court, Napoles' lawyers said that the plunder raps filed against her were without basis since she was a private citizen and there was no proof that she conspired with Enrile and Reyes to commit the crime.

Reyes, the former chief of staff of her co-accused Senator Juan Ponce Enrile also filed an urgent motion to suspend proceedings last January 5.

Reyes argued that the Sandiganbayan should not proceed with the trial, at least until the SC ruled to dismiss the cases filed against her.

Reyes, who is now detained at the female dormitory in Camp Bagong Diwa Taguig is alleged to have acted on behalf of Senator Enrile in identifying the government controlled corporations where his PDAF was allocated.

Enrile, accused of receiving P172.8 million in kickbacks from Napoles through Reyes is out on bail from hospital detention after the Supreme Court considered his petition citing his advanced age and political stature. (Sunnex)
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