Businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles has asked the Sandiganbayan Third Division to dismiss her 194 criminal charges in connection with the P900-million Malampaya fund scam. Napoles even claimed that if anybody should be charged with conspiracy over the Malampaya scam, it should be her employees-turned-whistleblowers Benhur Luy, Merlina Suñas and Marina Sula. Prosecutors said the charges explicitly stated that Napoles “used her own bogus non-government organization as a fund conduit” to receive the discretionary funds for the purported implementation of the livelihood projects. 848 made it possible to use the funds under the guise of assistance to the flooding victims. 910, before it was declared unconstitutional for diverting the gas field royalties to uses outside the energy industry.
Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer March 14, 2018 05:37 UTC