Jeane Catherine Napoles, the daughter of the pork barrel scam principal Janet Lim Napoles, was issued arrest warrant by the Court of Tax Appeals.
Jeane earlier appeared before the Tax court hearing of her motion to lift and cancel the bond.
However, following her absence on April 29 hearing, Atty. Stephen David, lawyer of Napoles apologized before the Tax Court and told them he was the one who advised her not to attend believing it will be cancelled due to the pending motion.
The pending motion for reconsideration seeks the reversal of the dismissal of their motion for judicial determination of probable cause.
After she failed to appear for her arraignment in her tax evasion case before its third division, the Tax Court ordered her arrest.
However, in her urgent motion, the Jeane through her counsel, said her absence during her arraignment “was not because of any intent to disrespect or disobey the directives, notices and procedures of the Honorable Court but solely because of the advice of her counsel who believed that her presence was not needed considering that there are still pending incidents for the resolution of the Honorable Court.”
David also defended that young Napoles just followed his advice.
The Tax Court accepted the apology and citing good faith on the part of Jeane Napoles lifted the warrant and reinstated the bail bond posted for her temporary liberty.
Napoles is facing two counts of tax evasion before the Tax Court.
H/T: Inquirer.net; and screen grab photo