MANILA - Businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles and an aide of former Sen. Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. have asked to be allowed to file a demurrer or opposition to evidence in their plunder trial before an anti-graft court.
Napoles' lawyer, Stephen David, asked for 10 days to file the demurrer.
Napoles and Revilla's aide, Richard Cambe, are both detained over alleged misuse of P224 million from the former senator's "pork barrel" or Priority Development Assistance Fund.
“All told, it is clear as daylight that there is NO crime of PLUNDER that exists insofar as Accused Napoles is concerned and that accordingly the Plunder charge should be dismissed,” David told the court.
Cambe said the prosecution failed to present sufficient evidence against him. He said the prosecution's evidence was "not sufficient to warrant a conviction of guilt beyond reasonable doubt."
He said he was a mere Senate employee at the time of the alleged offense.
"It would entirely be absurd for a legislative employee like the accused to be performing a purely executive function of implementing projects, programs emanating from the General Appropriations Acts which was he himself worker on every year since 1994," Cambe said.
Revilla is also expected to file his own motion for leave to file demurrer of evidence as stated by his lawyer, Estelito Mendoza, when the prosecution rested its case.