Friday, 30 August 2013 16:00
LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… for you are all one in Christ Jesus…” (Galatians 3:28, the Holy Bible).
JANET NAPOLES MAYBE GRANTED BAIL: Many are asking what will happen now that Janet Lim Napoles is already in the custody of the Philippine National Police (PNP) after surrendering to President Aquino Wednesday night, August 28, 2013. The answer is simple and quite clear. Henceforth, it is now going to be a battle of lawyers, and the lawyer who will prove to be the best will of course prevail.
My guess is that, it won’t be long before Janet may be granted bail, and may be released while the serious illegal detention or kidnapping case which her erstwhile assistant, Benhur Luy, filed against her is being tried by the Makati City Regional Trial Court. She cannot be detained in connection with the P10 billion pork barrel scam—not yet anyway, since there is still no case against her over that issue.
Now, why am I saying that Janet may be granted bail? The reason is this: as of the moment, the only case against her is the Luy serious illegal detention case. Serious illegal detention is a non-bailable crime alright, but when the accused in a case like that, like Janet and her brother Rey, will ask for bail, and during the bail hearing it would be proved that the evidence of guilt is not strong, there is no other way but for the accused to be set free in the meantime.
SURRENDER IS PART OF LEGAL MANEUVER: I am sure all these angles have been taken into consideration by whoever has or have been advising or counseling Janet and her brother before she finally surrendered to the President. I am sure that this supposed “surrender” is part of a calculated risk, a legal maneuver as it were whose objective is to bring Janet safely out of hiding, and face her accuser in court, to resolve once and for all the serious illegal detention case.
And because it was the President himself who accepted Janet’s surrender and later accompanied her to the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, the message is quite clear: nobody should try to pull a fast one over Janet and the cases against her, for there is a big brother watching what is happening to her.
With one fell swoop, as it were, the problem of Janet’s safety and well-being while trying to hide from those who were sent out to arrest her especially in the light of the P10 million reward money for her arrest, as well as the problem of notifying the whole world that Janet is a “special” woman of sorts, have been resolved in her favor.
NAPOLES TRUSTS ONLY PNOY: In the interest of public service, I am reprinting here a portion of the statement of Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda on Napoles’ surrender, as printed by the Official Gazette, the official government publication. Read on: “SECRETARY LACIERDA: If you’re interested to know the chronology of events, we might as well start out with the chronology of events, or the timeline.
“ `In the morning, when the President announced in his interview there was a ten-million peso bounty—after that, there was subsequent news that Atty. Lorna Kapunan mentioned on TV, or there was a crawler on ANC, that there was a statement coming from Atty. Kapunan that her client was willing to surrender.
“I think around 12:37—I don’t recall if I called or Lorna called—but we discussed, I think I called, and I inquired and we discussed and verified: Was your statement that I saw on TV true or not, that her client was willing to surrender? And she said, yes. `I said, `So what do you want? Do you want to surrender?’ She said at that point, `We would like to surrender, if at all. Let me confirm with my client, but we would like to surrender to the President.’ `Why the President?’ `Because he’s the person that we trust.’
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By Atty. Batas Mauricio
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