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Napoles surrenders: A Glimmer of hope in solving the Pork Barrel Scam?

by FFE PH News staff

After two weeks of hiding, fugitive Janet Lim-Napoles finally surrenders to President Aquino last Wednesday night, a step towards putting people behind the “pork barrel” scam to a legal trial.

Netizens took it to social networking sites to show their reaction on Napoles’ surrender.

One wrote on Twitter: “There are quite a few people who want Napoles dead. Surrendering to the President will hopefully keep her alive to face justice.” Another tweet said: “The political smokes are starting to linger in my nose.. Humanda kayo sa ikakanta ni Janet Lim-Napoles!”

It was also discussions on Facebook and Twitter that led to the Million People March in Luneta last Monday, calling to abolish the Priority Development of Assistance Fund or PDAF.

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Napoles’ legal counsel Atty. Lorna Kapunan said in a radio interview that her client’s fear for her life is what drove Napoles to finally surface.

“There are really people who want to keep her silent permanently,” Kapunan said.

Napoles, together with her brother Reynald Lim, are wanted for supposedly kidnapping her Benhur Luy, the whistle- blower in the highly publicized “pork barrel” scam that allegedly diverted P10- billion worth of PDAF to false non-government organizations run by Napoles.

Though Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas said in an ambush interview that there are no discussions yet whether Napoles would turn into a state witness, what she has to say could implicate drag in names of many government officials especially Senators and Congressmen.



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