Kapunan abandons Napoles

Atty. Lorna Kapunan

Atty. Lorna Kapunan

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.

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4 comments on “Kapunan abandons Napoles

  1. jess says:

    Lawyers have legal battle plans for each client. We build our clouts by having a good reputation. Reputation is built upon winning cases. If we see the case we handle will eventually lose by the merits of the case and not by its technicalities, we begin to entertain second thoughts. At any rate, we see to it that the rights of the accused are very much accorded with “due process of law”. Law practice is not all about money and fees. It involves a good name,too.

    • quierosaber says:

      Thanks for you candid thoughts about your profession. Ideally that is what it should be, adding to it Magsaysay’s credo that those who have less in life should have more in law. Unfortunately so much is still to be desired, but I hope more lawyers will adapt your beliefs and do more for the poor and the oppressed and make use of their profession to establish real justice.

  2. penpowersong says:

    My wild guess is that Kapunan wants Napoles to tell all, as she (Kapunan) already felt the futility of her (Napoles) struggle against all odds.

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