No filing of 2nd batch of PDAF cases this week-A A +A
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
(UPDATED) Justice Secretary Leila de Lima has moved anew the schedule of filing of second batch of cases in connection with the alleged pork barrel scam.
De Lima said Tuesday the filing of cases before the Office of the Ombudsman would not push through this week because the whistleblowers are pre-occupied with the bail hearings on the serious illegal detention case against alleged scam architect Janet Napoles.
She added their preparation was also hampered by the declaration of Monday and Friday as non-working holidays for the conduct of barangay elections and observance of All Saints’ Day, respectively.
“Huwag pilitin kung hindi kakayanin, so kung hindi talaga this week siguro naman sigurado na by next week,” she told reporters.
So far, only 38 individuals composed of lawmakers, government officials and heads of bogus foundations linked to businesswoman Janet Napoles are facing several cases, which are now undergoing evaluation by the Ombudsman.
They include Senators Jinggoy Estrada, Juan Ponce Enrile and Ramon Revilla Jr., who all denied receiving multi-million peso kickbacks for diverting their priority development assistance fund (PDAF) to Napoles’ foundations.
The NBI also lodged plunder cases against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and 23 others in connection with the alleged misuse of P900-million Malampaya gas fund.
The government said Napoles used her non-government organizations (NGOs) to corner funds that should have gone to the rehabilitation of areas ravaged by storms Ondoy and Pepeng in 2009.
Some P337.77 million allegedly went to the pockets of government officials with Ruby Tuason receiving P242.77 million for a “still unidentified principal.” Tuason, currently out of the country, reportedly served under the Estrada administration.
“We will just announce if natukoy na namin through clear evidence and sufficient evidence. We are ready to file either an amended letter complaint or a supplemental letter complaint. It’s most probably a supplemental letter complaint pag may additional facts kami na ma-uncover that could really point to the principal or principals,” de Lima said. (Sunnex)