DOJ, NBI working on 3rd batch of PDAF cases

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Friday, April 4, 2014

JUSTICE Secretary Leila de Lima assured the public on Friday that they are now busy preparing the complaints to be filed against the third batch of lawmakers who allegedly earned kickbacks from ghost projects under the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

No date has been set for the filing of charges before Office of the Ombudsman as de Lima said the lawmakers that will be implicated had dealings with fake non-government organizations (NGOs) of businesswoman Janet Napoles, the alleged mastermind of the multi-billion peso scam.

Officials of implementing agencies tapped to facilitate the transfer of PDAF to Napoles' NGOs will also be held accountable, similar with what the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) did on the first batch, which was resolved by the Ombudsman on Tuesday.

"We already have an inventory on the next batch of cases. We are looking at two sets (of cases) but we’re still checking which will be filed first," de Lima said while recalling her recent meeting with Justice Undersecretary Jose Justiniano, NBI Director Virgilio Mendez and NBI Special Task Force chief Rolando Argabioso.

De Lima earlier said they will only pursue the third batch once the Ombudsman resolves the preliminary investigation on the plunder and graft complaints against Napoles and Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr.

The Ombudsman favored the filing of cases against the four before the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan. (Sunnex)

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