Being a go-to lawyer for the rich, notorious and famous, one would think that Atty. Lorna Kapunan is the kind of high-profile counsel that Janet Lim-Napoles would need in winning the cases filed against her in court.
But, the news, however, about her quitting the defense team of Napoles has not only surprised the nation, but must be causing great anxiety to the defendant herself, who seems to depend much on Kapunan’s legal prowess.
For Kapunan therefore to abandon Napoles this early, while the illegal detention case filed by Benhur Luy is still being litigated, doesn’t augur well for the more serious case of plunder charged against her for her alleged involvement in the multi-billion peso pork barrel scam and tax evasion case filed by the Bureau of Internal Revenue.
Whether or not Kapunan’s reason of “difference of opinion on strategy” with fellow counsel, Atty. Freddie Villamor, is true, have many raising their eyebrows. There seems to be more to it than meets the eye.
“Hindi maganda ‘yun, kapag in-abandon ka ng abogado mo (That is not good when your lawyer abandons you). That means that you’re not united in the strategy to be carried out. And that’s probably the reason why Atty. Lorna Kapunan resigned,” one senator opined during an ambush interview.
I would presume that if there is any strategy planned, that the defendant should be involved.
The question now is: Whose strategy Napoles favored most?
Better still, is Napoles losing faith in Kapunan?
Or, is this the case that will mar Kapunan’s career?
Napoles is currently detained at the Fort Sto. Domingo in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.