DOJ to drop cases vs Napoles NGO president-A A +A
Thursday, September 26, 2013
PLUNDER and malversation charges against the president of the non-government organization (NGO) set up by businesswoman Janet Napoles will no longer be pursued by the Department of Justice (DOJ) before the Office of the Ombudsman.
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima was convinced on Thursday with the admission of Merlina Suñas before the Senate that her cousin, Nemesio Pablo, was unaware that he was named president of Agri and Economic Program for Farmers Foundation, Inc.
The foundation was allegedly used by Napoles as one of the recipients of pork barrel of some lawmakers despite the lack of implemented projects.
Pablo’s signature was also forged in several documents including the articles of incorporation, according to Suñas, who recommended his name to Napoles.
"We will move for the dropping of charges against the welder (Pablo)," said de Lima in response to the suggestion of Senator Aquilino Pimentel III.
De Lima did not tell when they will withdraw the complaints.
Levito Baligod, lawyer for the whistleblowers, said they included Pablo in the charge sheet to avoid being accused of favoring relatives of witnesses.
Pablo, currently working as welder in Australia, need not return to the Philippines as he only have to submit an affidavit to the embassy, which will then forward the document to the Ombudsman, said Pimentel. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)