DOJ to file Malampaya fund scam cases next week-A A +A
Thursday, September 26, 2013
CASES against Janet Napoles and her cohorts in relation to the P900-million Malampaya fund scam will not push through this week as the Department of Justice (DOJ) was pre-occupied with pressing concerns such as the Senate investigation into the pork barrel scam.
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima told the Senate blue ribbon committee on Thursday said her prosecutors were also busy preparing for the marathon bail hearings on Napoles’ serious illegal detention case, which begins on Friday.
She said the Malampaya-related cases will be filed with the Office of the Ombudsman next week to be followed by the second batch of cases against those who allegedly misused pork barrel funds.
Reports said Napoles used 12 fake non-government organizations to siphon Malampaya funds intended for the rehabilitation of areas in Luzon ravaged by storms “Ondoy” and “Pepeng” in 2009.
The whistleblowers’ lawyer Levito Baligod earlier told the media that only Napoles can determine if some government officials received kickbacks for choosing her NGOs as implementers of ghost projects.
Responding to a query by Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV, de Lima rejected Senator Jinggoy Estrada’s assertion that the government is only after “selective justice” in relation to the pork barrel scam.
“How can there be selective justice if we are proceeding on the basis of evidence that we are gathering?” she said.
Estrada and Senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Ramon Revilla Jr. were among the 38 people facing plunder and malversation cases in connection with the scam. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)