By Rey Panaligan
The Supreme Court (SC) junked Tuesday the petition of businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles to post bail in the plunder case filed against her before the Sandiganbayan as alleged mastermind in the outlawed multi-billion-peso Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).
With the dismissal, the SC affirmed the Sandiganbayan’s October 2015 and March 2016 rulings denying Napoles’s motion to post bail in a criminal case denominated as SB-14-CRM-0238.
“The Court found that the Sandiganbayan had not gravely abused its discretion in denying the petition,” SC Spokesman Theodore O. Te said in a press briefing.
In her petition, Napoles told the SC that she should be granted bail in the plunder case against her and former Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile before the Sandiganbayan’s third division.
In August 2015, the SC granted Enrile’s petition for bail due to his “advanced age and poor health.”
Napoles claimed that she should be allowed to post bail in this case because the prosecutors “failed to present strong evidence.”
She ascribed grave abuse of discretion on the part of the Sandiganbayan in denying her plea to post bail.
She also pointed out that her acquittal by the Court of Appeals of serious illegal detention has effectively destroyed the credibility of state witness Benhur Luy as primary witness in the PDAF cases.
But the SC did junk her allegation in the same way the High Court dismissed all her other petitions to nullity the filing of criminal charges against her.
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