Napoles asks SC: Dismiss plunder case with Jinggoy
Convicted plunderer Janet Lim Napoles has asked the Supreme Court (SC) to dismiss the plunder case she facing along with former senator Jinggoy Estrada before the Sandiganbayan.
In her petition, Napoles pointed out that “the prosecution miserably failed to discharge its burden as nothing in its additional evidence that completes its evidence-in-chief would make its evidence presented during the bail hearings stronger to meet the quantum of evidence required for conviction, which is proof beyond reasonable doubt.”
“All the evidence of the prosecution, taken together as shown
herein-above, still fail to identify the main plunderer, an indispensable
requirement as part of one of the essential elements of the crime of
Plunder as held in the GMA case,” she also argued.
Napoles is referring to the Supreme Court (SC) ruling which acquitted former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of plunder concerning the missing intelligence funds of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).
In the meantime, Napoles asked the SC to suspend the proceedings at the Sandiganbayan 5th Division which is handling the plunder case of Estrada where she is co-accused.
Napoles filed the petition before the SC after the Sandiganbayan dismissed her demurrer to evidence which sought to dismiss the plunder case due to, according to her, the weak evidence presented by the prosecution during the trial.
Under the plunder case, Estrada is accused of having received from 2004 to 2012 kickbacks amounting to P183.793 million from Napoles by coursing his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) through her bogus non-government organizations.
Napoles has already been convicted by the Sandiganbayan 1st Division of plunder in the case she faced with Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr.
On the other hand, Revilla has been acquitted by the Sandiganbayan of plunder.
Napoles is already serving her prison term at the Correctional Institution for Women (CIW) in Mandaluyong City.