Enrile’s former chief aide leaves country without return ticket-A A +A
Saturday, September 14, 2013
GIGI Reyes, the former chief of staff of Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile, left the Philippines alone for Macau on August 31 amid the political heat generated by the alleged pork barrel scam.
Sources said Reyes boarded a Cebu Pacific flight (5J-362) at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 with two check-in baggage. She had no return ticket.
Bureau of Immigration (BI) spokesperson Maria Angelica Pedro confirmed late Thursday that Reyes went out of the country but declined to name the Asian destination.
There is no legal blockade to Reyes' trip as she has no pending case that would merit the issuance of a hold departure order by the court.
However, a newspaper report named Reyes as one of the individuals who will face plunder and malversation cases before the Office of the Ombudsman in relation to the scam.
Reyes allegedly received Enrile's kickback for transferring millions of pesos in priority development assistance fund (PDAF) to Napoles' fake non-government organizations (NGO).
Whistleblower Benhur Luy told the Senate Blue Ribbon committee on Thursday that chiefs of staff of senators and congressmen also received commissions from Napoles.
Meanwhile, Senator Jinggoy Estrada denied he was the male senator codenamed "Sexy" who had transactions with Napoles. Luy said they called the senator "sexy" after noting a drop in his weight.
"Inaamin ko naman na dati akong mataba at pumayat eh dahil nagpaopera ako para pumayat dahil shobang-shoba na ako noong araw," he said in a radio interview.
Estrada said he doesn't know Luy or any of the whistleblowers. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)