Napoles gets death threats, seeks transfer to NBI custody

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 12 2017 09:35 AM

Members of the Bureau of Correction guide Janet Lim Napoles as she arrives at the Sandiganbayan on Wednesday. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

The camp of businesswoman and alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles is seeking her swift transfer to the National Bureau of Investigation Custodial Center after receiving death threats from unknown individuals.

In a very urgent motion to the Sandiganbayan, the Napoles camp said the businesswoman has been "bombarded with almost everyday death threats to the point that her personal belongings were ransacked."

Napoles' lawyers noted that the threats became serious following news that the businesswoman is being eyed as a possible state witness in the P10 billion pork barrel scam involving high-ranking public officials.

"Accused now respectfully prays that the Honorable Court issue an order transferring her confinement from [the Correctional Institute for Women] Mandaluyong City to National Bureau of Investigation Custodial Center," the motion read.

Napoles is accused of masterminding the pork barrel scam, which funneled the Priority Development Assistance Funds (PDAF) of lawmakers into the ghost projects of non-government organizations she allegedly set up.

Among those tagged in the controversy were former Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla and other legislators.

In 2015, Napoles was sentenced to up to 40 years in prison for the illegal detention of her cousin Benhur Luy, who accused her of detaining him in a subdivision in Makati City to prevent him from baring the PDAF anomaly.

The Court of Appeals, however, overturned the conviction of Napoles in the illegal detention case "based on reasonable doubt."

On Thursday, Napoles' counsel Stephen David said they have begun "exploratory talks" with Aguirre as Napoles expressed readiness to name more personalities involved in the multi-billion peso scam.