MANILA (Mabuhay) – A former house helper of alleged “pork barrel” scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles has been released from the custody of the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) after a Makati court’s ruling acquitting her of qualified theft has become final.
PAO chief Atty. Persida Acosta bared that Napoles’ husband Jaime and her brother Reynald Lim, the complainants in the case, no longer filed an appeal to contest the Makati City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 145 ruling last October that dismissed the case against Dominga Cadelina.
Cadelina served as a house helper for the Napoles family for 10 years.
Mr. Napoles and Lim accused Cadelina of stealing $13,400 worth of clothes, underwear, and other personal items.
The trial court, in dismissing the case, ruled that the prosecution failed to prove lack of consent by the owner for the alleged taking of the items.
Cadelina was detained at the Makati City Jail for the non-bailable offense for a period of 8 months.
She was released last Oct. 4; the PAO took custody of her thereafter.
Meanwhile, her former employer, Mrs. Napoles, is now detained at Fort Sto. Domingo in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, because of a pending criminal case against her.
Napoles faces serious illegal detention charges, also a non-bailable offense, filed by her former aide, Benhur Luy.
Napoles is also facing plunder and malversation charges for her alleged involvement in the multi-billion peso “pork barrel” scam.(MNS)