The lawyer of Janet Lim Napoles is claiming that Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales knew that her staff made a mistake in charging her with plunder, a legal case solely for public officers who amassed ill-gotten wealth.
Lawyer Stephen David mentioned state prosecutors considered altering the charges towards his consumer but modified their thoughts as a result of the general public won’t conform to letting go of then Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla from detention.
“During the start of the case, the Office of the Ombudsman tried to withdraw information to amend it (but she did not) because senators were already detained and amending the information would set them free,” mentioned David in an interview with ANC’s Karen Davila.
David argued that Napoles couldn’t be charged be plunder as a result of she by no means held any authorities post.
“She’s not innocent but she’s also not guilty of plunder. It’s up to the court but there is no plunder committed (on her part),” mentioned David.
Prosecutors did try and submit an amended data within the instances towards Estrada and Revilla but these had been denied by the Sandiganbayan. After these two rejections, the prosecutors dropped their plan to amend the Enrile case, which might have made Enrile because the mastermind and Napoles a mere collaborator.
David additionally famous that the one proof the state prosecution had of Napoles’ participation within the pork barrel rip-off was the testimony of whistleblower Benhur Luy.