Napoles is “getting away?”- power of connections

“ASIDE FROM being colleagues in the legal profession, Solicitor General Jose C. Calida and the lawyers of Janet Lim Napoles have one other important thing in common: They are supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte.

In fact, just two weeks after he was sworn in as the country’s chief executive, Duterte appointed one of them, Lanee Cui-David, as a deputy commissioner at the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).

In 2003, Cui-David and husband Stephen founded the David, Cui-David, Buenaventura and Ang Offices, the law firm that Napoles hired in 2014 to defend her in her pork-barrel cases at the Sandiganbayan, as well as in her tax evasion cases at the Court of Tax Appeals.

Graduates of the San Beda College of Law, Duterte’s alma mater, the Davids are the chief legal counsels of Napoles and her children Jo Christine and James Christopher, who are also respondents in the Sandiganbayan cases.”

The Benedictines at San Beda must be thinking profoundly by now.

Source: http://pcij.org/stories/lawyers-duterte-napoles-what-gives/

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  1. We have a twisted judiciary – heavily influenced by the executive branch…. Sadly, it is Filipinos who elect these leaders to office – then impeach them, pardon them, then re-elect them again. Not surprised anymore how incestuous the country’s judicial, legislative and executive branches are.

    • That is true Gias! The sadder thing is, presidents come and go the appointees, those in the senate and congress, and virtually in every area of our political system, we have recycled politicians. Sometimes I think, they are the ones truly in power controlling our democracy.

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