Napoles gets reclusion perpetua for illegal detention

Manila, Philippines – Janet Lim Napoles, alleged pork barrel scam mastermind, was found guilty of serious illegal detention for whistleblower Benhur Luy and sentenced to reclusion perpetua or life imprisonment.

The Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 150 Judged Elmo Almeda served the verdict on Tuesday on Napoles. Aside from the jailterm, Napoles was ordered to pay Luy P50,000 in civil damages and P50,000 in civil damages.

Luy started to reveal the pork barrel scam when Napoles and her brother Reynaldo Lim detained him from December 2012 to March 2013. Napoles and Lim detained Luy because they allegedly found out that Luy was dealing with other business transactions involving the Priority Development assistance Fund (PDAF) of some law makers.

The judge said that Napoles did not testify but only submitted memorandum of arguing that the only evidence or act where the prosecution established her participation was when she uttered, “Detain him, detain him”, last Dec. 19, 2012.

“The discourse of Janet in her memorandum cannot be given any evidentiary value because she did not testify. Her arguments were not established by direct testimony. Her failure to testify prevented the prosecution from examining her to test her credibility,” Alameda added.

Napoles is accused also in plunder in connection with the multi-billion peso pork barrel scam, which Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. are her co-accused.

Meanwhile, Napoles’ brother Lim was never arraigned on the serious illegal charge, according to the court.

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