Napoles kinikilan ni De Lima ng 50M - 8M downpayment

Janet Lim Napoles, idinawit si Sen. Leila de Lima na nag-extort umano ng pera sa kaniya.

Napoles is accused of giving millions of pesos worth of kickbacks to several lawmakers in exchange for allocating their PDAF to her fake non-government organizations (NGOs) for “ghost” or inexistent projects.

In a chance interview with reporters Monday, former Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, a primary accused in plunder and graft cases in the PDAF scam, said the solicitor general's position in Napoles' illegal detention case might work to his advantage.

“If it is true that there is no illegal detention... I'm not a lawyer, but I think it will discredit the main witness (Benhur Luy) of previous administration,” Estrada said in a combination of English and Filipino.

“The SolGen studied the case carefully. I think, the SolGen will not make a manifestation just like that without strong basis,” he added.

As to De Lima's detention, Estrada said the senator seemed to be reaping what she sowed.

“Siguro na-experience niya 'yung na-experience namin noong araw na talagang siya mismo ang nagpupursige na halos siraan kami sa media, sa mata ng taumbayan. Bumalik siguro sa kanya. (It seems that she is now experiencing what we have experienced before. She demolished our reputation before the public and the media. What she did has backfired to her),” Estrada said.

Estrada reiterated that he as well as his former fellow Sens. Juan Ponce Enrile and Ramon Bong Revilla Jr. were victims of “selective justice” by the previous administration.

He maintained that his mere endorsement of the NGOs linked with Napoles does not constitute a plunder or graft offense.

Estrada and Napoles were present at the Sandiganbayan Monday for the scheduled pre-trial of their plunder and graft cases over the PDAF scam.

The Fifth Division, which is handling the cases, however, canceled the proceedings as both parties have yet to finish stipulating on the authenticity of voluminous documentary exhibits.

The pretrial was reset to April 17. [Read full: PhilStar]

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