De Lima urges Napoles siblings to surrender

FIND HER. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima orders a nationwide manhunt for Janet Lim Napoles and her brother. File photo by AFP

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima on Thursday, August 15, urged the Napoles siblings to surrender, even as the manhunt for them continues. A Makati court had issued an arrest warrant for Janet Lim-Napoles and her brother Reynaldo “Jojo” Lim on Wednesday, but agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) failed to locate them. De Lima said the siblings may have been tipped off, considering they were well connected. NBI spokesperson Cecilio Zamora warned those coddling the Napoleses they could be charged with obstruction of justice. He also said that all NBI regional units are on alert. Napoles lawyer Lorna Kapunan questioned De Lima’s motive for what she described as a “hasty” issuance.

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