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Napoles’ bail bid denied

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The Supreme Court last week rejected the bail petition of convicted plunderer Janet Lim-Napoles who had cited humanitarian reasons.


The SC said Napoles’ lawyers had failed to establish there were compelling reasons why she should be granted bail and temporary liberty.


The high court’s ruling said her conviction for the crime of plunder, which is a capital offense, deprives her of the constitutional right to bail.


Ms. Napoles had sought bail from the SC claiming the crowded conditions in the jail might make her susceptible to the dreaded Covid19 disease.


A certificate from her doctors attesting to hypertension and diabetes, which are co-morbidities, failed to persuade the magistrates to grant her bail petition.


The SC said that even if it is true Napoles has diabetes, in itself that is not sufficient to grant her provisional liberty post-conviction.


Napoles, who is widely known as the “pork barrel scam mastermind,” was earlier convicted of plunder in the corruption case of Sen. Bong Revilla.


She also faced a slew of graft and criminal charges with regard to the pork barrel scam scandal wherein tens of billions in public funds from numerous lawmakers’ countryside development funds were diverted to ghost projects handled by her foundations.


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