Napoles on GCTA list, documents show

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 11 2019 08:40 PM | Updated as of Sep 11 2019 11:58 PM

File photo of plunder convict Janet Lim Napoles.

MANILA—Plunder convict Janet Lim Napoles was on the list of inmates eligible for early release under a contentious law, documents obtained by the Senate showed on Wednesday.

The law in question pertains to good conduct time allowance.

On the list, the charge attached to Napoles was rape, not plunder.

Sen. Richard Gordon, chair of the blue ribbon committee, said he was disappointed with the revelation.

"Napaka-incompetent talaga. Didikdikin ko sila bukas d'yan. May intensyon ba talagang palayain si Napoles? Bakit rape ang kaso sa kanya 'di plunder? There’s something to it," Gordon said.

(They are so incompetent. I will grill them tomorrow (Thursday). Do people really want Napoles freed? And why is her case listed as rape, not plunder? There’s something to it.)

Justice Undersecretary Deo Marco, who heads the committee responsible for reviewing activities at Bureau of Corrections (BuCor), said an investigation is underway.

"Either na nasa listahan talaga si Napoles hindi lang natuloy, or nagkamali sa encoding, especially, rape ang sinabing kaso d'yan ni Napoles. I will ask BuCor to explain," Marco said.

(Either Napoles was really on the list but she just was not released, or there were errors in encoding, especially since rape was listed as the case. I will ask BuCor to explain.)

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Napoles was sentenced to life in prison by the Sandiganbayan in relation to the priority development assistance fund (PDAF) scam plunder cases of Sen. Bong Revilla, and former senators Jinggoy Estrada and Juan Ponce Enrile.

According to BuCor data reviewed by the ABS-CBN Investigative and Research Group, names on the GCTA list and some prison numbers were wrong.

Others on the list should have been released earlier.

The Philippine National Police has brought up the mistakes on the list, Marco said.

The justice department said it could release a new and much clearer list of prisoners eligible for early release.

— With a report from Henry Omaga-Diaz, ABS-CBN News