JUSTICE Undersecretary Markk Perete yesterday assured the public that Janet Lim Napoles -- the one accused of plunder in connection with the wastage of priority development assistance fund (PDAF) -- is still behind bars and serving time for plunder.
Perete issued the statement in response to reports that “Napoles” was among those released from prison under the good conduct time allowance rule.
“Janet Lim Napoles has not been released. She remains (imprisoned) at the Correctional Institution for Women,” Perete, the concurrent DOJ spokesman, said in a message to reporters.
Earlier, a list from the Bureau of Corrections showed that one “Napoles, Janet y Lim,” prisoner N211P-2332, was among “persons deprived of liberty” who were freed under GCTA
“Napoles” was number 275 in the group of convicts who were freed on Nov. 12, 2018.
The document indicated she was released due to “expiration of sentence.”
The Napoles who was convicted for plunder is serving life in connection with the PDAF scam.
The controversy over the GCTA started after former Calauan mayor Antonio Sanchez was supposed to be slated for release from prison.
This was because of a new law increasing the GCTA of prisoners (Republic Act 10592), and a recent Supreme Court decision applying the law retroactively.
Heads must roll, said ACT-CIS Rep. Eric Go Yap in reaction to the reports that the name of plunderer Janet Lim Napoles was erroneously included in the list of inmates released because of GCTA.
Yap urged the President to start cleaning the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) due to various anomalies involving its officials.
“Lalo tayong nangangamba baka may nangyayari nga na GCTA for sale sa BuCor. Hindi sapat na tinanggal lang sa serbisyo ang mga opisyal nito, dapat na patuloy na gumulong ang pagdinig ukol sa GCTA mess na kinakaharap ng BuCor,” the ACT-CIS congressman said. The ACT-CIS party-list’s main advocacy is to fight crimes.
Yap said he is bothered by the inclusion of Napoles in the list since she is facing multiple plunder and graft cases over the multi-billion peso pork barrel fund scam.
The solon is set to file a bill defining good conduct and providing conditions to granting GCTA.
“Gusto kong idiin na patuloy nating babantayan ito at hindi tayo tatalikod sa nasimulan nating pagtutol sa pag-abuso sa batas na ito na magpapalaya sa mga katulad ni Janet Napoles,” he said.
With Jester P. Manalastas