Palace says sending letters to government 'not a big thing'

July 17, 2013 11:50 pm 

By Lilybeth G. Ison

MANILA, July 17 (PNA) — Malacanang on Wednesday said sending letters to the government, or to the Office of the President for that matter, is not a big thing.

"It’s not a big thing that somebody writes to the Office of the President, marami pong nagpapadala ng sulat kay Pangulong (Benigno) Aquino (III). Dumadaan po ‘yan sa proseso," said Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda in a press briefing.

Earlier reports said businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles has sent a two-page letter to the Office of the President last April, relating the alleged extortion attempt of Benhur Luy through lawyer Levito Baligod.

Napoles said she sought the President’s help, particularly after agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) raided their unit at the Pacific Plaza condominium in Bonifacio Global City on March 22 without any warrant.

She said she wrote to President Aquino "with feelings of utmost disappointment, desperateness and extreme fear for our lives, as a result of the continuous threats, intimidation and even physical harm being inflicted upon us by some unscrupulous individuals, in cohorts with corrupt NBI agents."

The NBI, however, justified the "warrantless arrest" based on a serious illegal detention complaint allegedly filed by the Luy family against Napoles and her brother Reynald Lim.

Luy was Napoles’ personal assistant in the trading company JLN Corp. He earlier submitted an affidavit to the NBI claiming Napoles was behind a P10-billion scam using the pork barrel of senators and congressmen for ghost projects over the past 10 years.

Meanwhile, Lacierda said he would confirm if the Office of the President received Napoles' letter.

"We will verify kung merong ganoong sulat," he said.

Lacierda said the Office of the President receives a substantial number of letters which are usually referred to the concerned agencies.

"Maraming sulat po na naka-address kay Pangulong Aquino, dumadaan po rin sa office namin, sa office ni Secretary (Herminio) Coloma, ni Secretary (Ricky) Carandang, at ng ibang mga Kalihim. It’s a normal process where a lot of people, citizens, would write letters to government and this is not a special issue," he said. (PNA)



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