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Latest News Philippines: Napoles willing to face quiz but fears for life – Journal.com.ph:
THE camp of Janet Lim Napoles, the businesswoman tagged in the alleged P10-billion fund scam involving the pork barrel of lawmakers, is ready to face the charges lodged against her.
”She is willing to be investigated but at the proper forum. If it is a formal charge there will at least be proof and evidence involved,” Atty. Bruce Rivera said in a press conference.
The National Bureau of Investigation is investigating Napoles in connection with the alleged illegal detention of whistleblower Benhur Luy. The case was junked for lack of probable cause.
Rivera added that his client is now fearing for her life and that of her family after her “wealth” was exposed in the past days.
He refused however refused to say where Napoles is currently staying, citing security concerns.
”Mayroon siyang nafi-feel na sumusunod na kotse. Baka akalain ng masasamang loob na may P10 billion siya kaya okay lang kidnapin ‘to dahil pera din naman ‘to ng bayan,” he said.
Meanwhile, in a statement read by Rivera, Napoles said: “I now fear for the security of myself and my family since Benhur has divulged in public our own known residential address as well as location of our offices.”
”Several family-owned vehicles with plate numbers were also exposed by Benhur and we now fear that kidnappers would now be targeting us thinking that the amount of money being attributed to us is untrue,” Napoles added.
But Rivera conceded that as of now they have no legal plans yet, saying their concerns right now is to clear the name of Napoles in the media.
”We are at a PR (public relations) challenge. We are still trying to fix what has been devastated,” Rivera said.
”We don’t know if we will file a case against the (Philippine Daily Inquirer) or the whistleblowers,” the lawyer added.
Napoles appealed to the media to exercise fairness in their reports, stressing that her family have already been dragged into the controversy by the “false and malicious reports of one newspaper which has the habit of sensationalizing stories.”
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