Janet Lim Napoles, plunder convict and alleged mastermind of P10 billion pork barrel scam, was in the list of freed inmates due to Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) law.
Documents submitted to the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) showed the accounts of more than 2,000 released inmates from June 2014 to August 2019. Other information indicated in the records were the release dates and the crimes they committed, some of which do not match with the prison numbers.
However, the “Janet Lim Napoles” seen in the list was not the one convicted of plunder, but the one whose release dated November 2018 and was convicted of rape.
“There is an attempt to release as many people as they can, including Napoles,” Sen. Richard Gordon said following the confirmation that Napoles was among the inmates freed under the GCTA law.
He, however, guaranteed to bring this up at the resumption of the Senate hearing on the Republic Act 10592.
Janet Lim Napoles and the pork barrel scam
Napoles was the alleged mastermind of Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam, widely known as the pork barrel scam, which involved the misuse by a few lawmakers of the said fund.
She is currently serving her sentence at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology detention cell in Bicutan, Taguig City.
Alongside Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Napoles has been convicted in a plunder case and is faced with graft charges, also with the senator, for their involvement in the pork barrel scam.
In the meantime, Revilla has been discharged of plunder. Napoles, on the other hand, was acquitted by the Court of Appeals in the serious illegal detention case that pork barrel scam whistleblower Benhur Luy has filed in 2017.
Other heinous crime convicts in the list
Aside from Napoles, other heinous crime convicts are also in the list of released inmates.
In the records, a rape convict named Rolita Tambung Go was also able to walk free last May 2016. He is the namesake of Rolito Go, a businessman who was guilty of a student’s murder in 1991 and was released in December 2016.
The names of Chiong sisters’ murder convicts and four Chinese drug lords were also in the documents.
Meanwhile, the four policemen sentenced in the murder of Myra Diones’ sister and two cousins have also been discharged in 2017.
Just last month, Roberto Gungon, a kidnap and attempted murder convict of Agnes Guirindola in 1994, was also granted release.