Napoles aide tells SC: I was just her driver-messenger


Posted at Aug 14 2014 07:26 PM | Updated as of Aug 15 2014 03:26 AM

MANILA - The driver and messenger of businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles asked the Supreme Court to dismiss the plunder and graft charges filed against him at the Sandiganbayan, saying he was only performing his role as an employee in good faith.

In a 60-page petition, John Raymund de Asis said he should not be held “criminally liable for fulfilling” his legal duties or office,

He said he was only performing his duties “in good faith” as a driver, messenger, and janitor.

Based on evidence submitted by the National Bureau of Investigation, De Asis was listed as president of Kaupdanan para sa Magsasaka Foundation Incorporation (KPMFI), one of the alleged non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that was used as conduit in the pork barrel scam.

"Apart from merely stating that petitioner de Asis was named as the president KPMFI, there was no other allegation, much less proof, to substantiate the charge against petitioner for plunder," his petition read.

He said the NBI did not show proof he connived with a government official to amass wealth.

"Apart from failing to show that petitioner de Asis directly or indirectly and knowingly took part in the commission of the foregoing acts, with criminal intent, the NBI complaint also failed to show that petitioner in fact conspired with the other respondents in the Ombudsman case," the petition read.

He said he does not even have any knowledge or participation in the creation of the NGO. He said he only finished high school.

"Had petitioner been well-versed and knowledgeable of those things, petitioner would not have accepted employment as a driver/messenger/janitor and would have, all along, been engaged in such affairs," he said.