MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – Janet Lim-Napoles was brought to Malacañang Wednesday night, August 28, where she surrendered to President Benigno Aquino III.
Aquino “assured” Napoles of her safety in their brief meeting, Interior Secretary Mar Roxas told reporters in Camp Crame in a press conference past midnight.
Napoles was then brought to Camp Crame, where she will be detained, Roxas said. She will be spending the night there for her own safety.
It was Napoles’ lawyer, Lorna Kapunan, who sent surrender feelers to Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda, according to Roxas. Kapunan called Lacierda after the President announced the P10-M reward for the arrest of Napoles. They spoke for about 10 minutes on the phone.
Negotiations between the Napoles camp and Malacañang started at about lunch time. Her surrender happened at 9:37 pm.
Roxas said authorities haven’t discussed if charges will be filed against persons who protected Napoles during the 2 weeks that she was in hiding. The order for her arrest was issued on August 14.
Roxas clarified that there are no discussions about Napoles turning into a state witness, but he told reporters, “She is an important witness.” All Napoles said was that she was worried for her life, he added.
Napoles’ surrender came hours after Aquino announced a P10-million reward for any information that would lead to the arrest of the erstwhile fugitive.
Her brother and co-accused Reynald Lim remains at large and the reward for his arrest remains in effect. “Tuloy pa rin ang reward sa kanyang kapatid,” Roxas said. – with reports from Aries Rufo/Rappler.com