Businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles, who went into hiding after she was issued an arrest warrant for the illegal detention of pork barrel scam whistleblower Benhur Luy, has surrendered to President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday night, just hours after a P10-million bounty was offered for information that could lead to her capture.

“At 9:37 P.M on August 28, Janet Napoles surrendered to President Aquino. Napoles is wanted on charges of serious illegal detention arising from the alleged kidnapping of Benhur Luy,” read Malacañang’s official statement. “The President turned her over to the custody of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas and Philippine National Police Director-General Alan Purisima for processing and booking.”

ABS-CBNNews.com reports that Napoles was fetched from an undisclosed location and was brought to Malacañang. Aquino then accompanied Napoles to Camp Crame, where she is currently detained.

Ang punto 'di ba hinahanap siya ng buong sambayanan? Mahalaga na ma-secure siya para malaman natin ang katotohanan (The point is that the whole country is looking for her. She has to be kept secure so that everyone can know the truth),” Interior Secretary Mar Roxas was quoted as saying. He also mentioned that there's a chance of Napoles becoming a state witness against the many individuals whose names figured in the controversial pork barrel scam.

Atty. Lorna Kapunan, Napoles’s lawyer, refused to discuss the details of her client's surrender.

Huwag na natin pag-usapan 'yung logistics (Let’s not discuss the logistics), with due respect to the President.”

(Screencap via YouTube)

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