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What’s provisional acceptance? IBP questions basis for DOJ decision on Napoles

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The president of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) on Monday asked the Department of Justice to explain what it meant when it said that Janet Lim Napoles – the alleged mastermind of the pork barrel scam – was provisionally accepted into the government’s Witness Protection Program (WPP).

Interviewed over CNN Philippines, Atty. Abdiel Fajardo disclosed there is no provision in Republic Act 6981 or the Witness Protection and Security Benefit Act allowing a provisional or temporary coverage.

“I look at the law and there is no provision about provisional acceptance so I want to hear from the DOJ what they mean by that,” Fajardo said.

“The law said accept or not only. If they are saying there are threats to her life, well, she is already in custody,” he added.

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