Napoles & Masbate Gov. Lanete Granted Bail By Sandiganbayan

The Sandiganbayan Fourth Division allowed the businesswoman and suspected mastermind of the controversial pork barrel -scam- Janet Napoles together with Masbate Gov. Rizalina Lanete to post bail for their plunder cases. The court said the bail amount of the respondents is fixed at P500,000 per each person. According to the 77-page ruling which was promulgated on April 12, the evidence of guilt of accused Lanete and Napoles is not strong. It is not clearly shown how Lanete participated in the scheme describe by the prosecution in securing the amounts source from her Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) through alleged ghost projects. Graft is a bailable offense while plunder is non-bailable if the prosecution would be able to prove that the evidence of guilt against an accused is strong.

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