MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Officials say a businesswoman in the center of a corruption scandal has surrendered to the Philippine president three days after a large protest in the capital to condemn the large-scale graft allegations.
Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said Thursday that he fetched Janet Lim-Napoles, accompanied by her lawyer, late Wednesday. She met briefly with President Benigno Aquino III at the Malacanang palace before she was turned over to police.
Napoles has been accused of illegally detaining a former aide, who accused her of stealing huge amounts of government development funds in conspiracy with powerful lawmakers. She has denied any wrongdoing but was ordered arrested by authorities.