Napoles fights back, to file flurry of raps

Months after being embroiled in a supposed P10-billion pork barrel fund scam, embattled businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles has finally decided to fight back and hurl a flurry of charges against her accusers.

Napoles' lawyer Lorna Kapunan told GMA News Online their camp would be filing within the day separate cases of perjury, libel, disbarment, and illegal arrest in Quezon City, Makati, and Taguig City.

The lawyer said they would file a perjury complaint against supposed whistleblowers and self-confessed employees of Napoles, Benhur Luy and Merlina Suñas, for falsely accusing the businesswoman of soliciting money from lawmakers' Priority Development Assistance Funds for non-existent projects through fictitious foundations.

A disbarment case would also be lodged against Luy's lawyer, Levito Baligod, before the Integrated Bar of the Philippines for allegedly extorting money from the Napoles camp in exchange for his client clearing Napoles' name in the mess.

Kapunan said their camp will also slap the Philippine Daily Inquirer with charges of libel for its "disregard for the truth" and for "abusing the work 'allegedly'” in its reports on the controversy.

Kapunan also said they will file a "collections case" against another supposed whistleblower and designer Eddie Baddeo for allegedly failing to deliver uniforms ordered by Napoles from him for her employees, despite having receieved a P1 million payment for the garments.

Lastly, Kapunan said they would file with the Commission on Human Rights a case against several members of the National Bureau of Investigation for their alleged "illegal arrest" of Napoles and her brother Reynaldo Napoles when the two were still being accused of illegally detaining Luy at their Taguig apartment. —KG, GMA News

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