Government told: Examine Napoles’ bank accounts, others-A A +A
Friday, August 30, 2013
MANILA -- The Court of Appeals (CA) gave the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) five months to scrutinize more than 400 bank accounts owned by alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles, her family and employees.
In a resolution penned by Associate Justice Normandie Pizarro, the CA Special Second Division also ordered the AMLC to submit a report within 10 days after the five-month examination period.
Napoles’ accounts in several financial institutions like the Bank of the Philippine Islands, Banco de Oro, Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corp, Land Bank of the Philippines, Metrobank and United Coconut Planters Bank are covered by the order.
These accounts were also included in the six-month freeze order issued by the same court, along with those owned by her husband Jaime Napoles, children Jo Christine, James Christopher, John Christian and Jane Napoles, and brother Reynald Lim; whistleblowers Benhur Luy and Merlina Suñas and Napoles’ other employees in JLN Corp.; and fake non-government organizations (NGOs) Napoles allegedly used to pocket public money.
CA said it is taking into account current events related to Napoles’ involvement in the alleged scam perpetrated over the past 10 years with the help of some lawmakers who got yearly allocations of the priority development assistance fund (PDAF).
The lawmakers, in turn, allegedly received kickbacks reaching up to 60 percent for choosing Napoles’ NGOs as recipients of PDAF. These NGOs, however, merely report ghost projects.
"Based on the foregoing facts and circumstances…there is probable cause to believe that the bank accounts belonging to or in the name of the aforementioned individuals and other persons or corporation entities mentioned above may be related to an unlawful activity," the resolution stated.
Napoles is currently detained in the Makati City Jail for allegedly keeping Luy against his will for three months because of his knowledge of the businesswoman's illegal activities.
Her brother, Reynald, is also a suspect in the serious illegal detention case but he remains at large. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)