Solicitor General denies deal with 'pork barrel' suspect Napoles

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Posted at Feb 16 2017 10:47 AM

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MANILA - The government did not strike a deal with businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles in exchange for her acquittal of illegal detention charges, Solicitor General Jose Calida said Thursday.

Calida had recommended Napoloes' acquittal to the Court of Appeals, saying a lower tribunal erred in its decision. Napoles is facing a separate plunder charge for allegedly conspiring with lawmakers to steal millions of pesos in "pork barrel" or discretionary funds.

"Kaya those accusing that there is a deal, that's a figment of their imagination. They don't know me. Kung kilala nila ako (If they knew me), I am not that kind of person who makes ex-deals," Calida told DZMM.

"I don't even know this Janet Lim Napoles. I don't know iyung mga lawyers niya (I don't know her lawyers). I have not talked to anybody about this."

The dismissed case stemmed from the alleged detention of Benhur Luy, a Napoles associate who blew the whistle on the alleged "pork barrel" racket.

DZMM TeleRadyo, 16 February 2017