President Rodrigo Duterte believes it was solely becoming for the Court of Appeals (CA) to acquit alleged pork barrel rip-off mastermind Janet Lim Napoles in the intense unlawful detention case filed by her cousin and former aide, Benhur Luy, as a result of he doesn’t suppose the latter was stored beneath lock and key againsst his will.
Facing reporters on the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Wednesday (May 10) earlier than flying to Cambodia, Duterte expressed his disbelief over Luy’s declare that Napoles positioned him beneath unlawful detention from December 20, 2012 to March 22, 2013 to forestall him from spilling the beans about her alleged involvement in the P10-billion pork barrel rip-off.
“Maski ako talaga, as a former prosecutor, I cannot think of how a person could be a victim of being hostage when he had all the while all the opportunity to go out and never come back, and he was allowed to go home,” he stated.
For Duterte, Luy could have purposely detained himself so Napoles could be positioned in a foul mild.
“There were several instances that had he really wanted to be free he could have done it in several instances,” he stated.
“Kung gamitin ko ‘yung pagka-piskal ko hindi ko talaga i-file ‘yon. It’s crazy. In and out, in and out and several times he was left alone,” the President added.
In a call dated May 5, the CA Twelfth Division granted Napoles’ enchantment and subsequently reversed the ruling of the Makati City Regional Trial Court Branch 150 in 2015 convicting her in the case.
According to the CA, the proof was “not sufficient to establish Napoles’ participation or culpability in the alleged criminal conspiracy” to detain Luy illegally.
Despite her acquittal by the CA, Napoles will stay in detention on the Correctional Institution for Women in Mandaluyong City as a result of she is dealing with plunder and graft charges over the pork barrel rip-off.