Napoles extortion victim, ready for probe — lawyer

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JENNY LIM-NAPOLES is a legitimate businesswoman and private person. She is not involved in any government contracts or government projects involving the Priority Development Assistance Funds (PDAF). The lawmakers implicated in the controversy are not her friends.

This was stressed yesterday by Napoles’s private counsel Atty. Lorna Kapunan in a press conference held in Quezon City.

Kapunan emphasized that her client Napoles is a victim of harassment and a target of extortionists. Worse, she is unfairly being persecuted in by wrong accusations using the media.

Napoles stressed that her client was never an incorporator, trustee nor officer of the foundations allegedly involved in the controversy. She did not create nor cause the creation of these foundations. She has never signed for, nor represented these foundation in any way.

Kapunan said a simple checking of the records of the Securities and Exchange Commission can easily confirm these facts.

Kapunan said her client is looking forward to a “full blown investigation” so that, if true that there were irregularities in the use of the PDAF, only those who are responsible are made liable.

”My client is very confident that once the real facts are unraveled, Napoles will be vindicated of the accusations raised against her,” Kapunan said.

Kapunan said her client fully supports and will cooperate with the Department of Justice and Secretary Laila de Lima in their investigation of the alleged Php10 billion PDAF scam.

However, it is imperative and absolutely necessary for them to also investigate the NBI agents who have been attempting to extort money from Napoles.

”Kahit anong investigation yan… Senate, Congress, NBI or DoJ basta ang request lang namin huwag isama sa investigation panel yung mga NBI personnel na nang raid sa kanilang bahay noon dahil tiyak na tiyak wala kaming makukuhang patas na investigation at ito ay para na rin malaman ng publiko at lumabas ang tunay na katotohanan,” Kapunan said.

Kapunan said her client is willing to undergo polygraph test if Luy is willing to do the same.

Kapunan said the NBI and the media should ascertain the credibility of the “whistleblowers” as well as the motivations of these “whistleblowers and their handlers. 

Even before this controversy started, Napoles had instituted a criminal complaint against Benhur Luy for qualified theft in the Prosecutor’s Office in Pasig City. As a result, there is now a criminal case against Luy in the Regional Trial Court of Pasig City.

“Kaya namin sinasabi ito kasi mismong ang DoJ ang nag-dismiss sa mga kasong ibinibintang nila sa client ko dahil sa kawalan ng ebidensiya at katibayan at dahil na rin sa walang credibility in fact sila ang nag e-extort kay Mrs. Napoles ng $1.5 million, P300 million at visa sa bansang Canada para sa pamilya ni Luy,” Kapunan said.

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