Despite hypothesis that politics performed a task in the Court of Appeals’ (CA) acquittal of businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles in the unlawful detention case filed by her cousin and former aide, Benhur Luy, San Beda College of Law dean Fr. Ranhilio Aquino believes the tribunal let her off the hook just because the evidence towards her was inadequate.
In a Facebook post dated May 9, Aquino urged critics of Napoles’ acquittal to be rational and think about whether or not the evidence towards her was ample to ascertain that she certainly detained Luy illegally.
“The Court of Appeals was not convinced there was. You may be convinced there was, but one may not have reviewed the evidence the same way the justices did, nor have the qualifications of the justices to evaluate relevance and probative worth,” he mentioned.
Aquino reminded the general public that it’s due course of which distinguishes the mere want to convict somebody and the willpower that evidence is ample for a conviction.
“This has happened much too often in the past: a popular clamor to jail a national pet peeve…only to be told by the courts that the evidence just is not there,” he mentioned of Napoles’ acquittal.
In a call dated May 5, the CA Twelfth Division granted Napoles’ attraction and subsequently reversed the ruling of the Makati City Regional Trial Court Branch 150 in 2015 convicting her in Luy’s case.
According to the CA, the evidence was “not sufficient to establish Napoles’ participation or culpability in the alleged criminal conspiracy” to detain Luy illegally.
President Rodrigo Duterte, a former prosecutor, has described the intense unlawful detention case towards Napoles as “crazy” since Luy was allegedly in a position to roam round as he happy throughout the time he was supposedly detained.