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Latest News Philippines: NAPOLES MONEY PROBED –

THE Court of Appeals (CA) has authorized the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) to look into the bank and financial accounts of alleged pork barrel scam leader Janet Lim-Napoles.

In a resolution, the CA also allowed to examine the accounts of Napoles’ family members, staff, and non-government organizations (NGOs) she reportedly formed.

The order covered over 400 financial accounts spread in different banking institutions.

AMLC was given five months to complete its investigation, and was required by the CA to submit a report 10 days after the completion of such probe.

The members of her family were Jo Christine Napoles, Jaime Garcia Napoles, James Christopher Lim Napoles, Jean/Jane Catherine Lim Napoles, John Christian Lim Napoles, Reynald Lim, and Ronald Francisco Lim.

Likewise, the bank accounts of whistleblower Benhur Luy are also covered by the order, as well as those of his mother, Gertrudes, and the accounts of the following persons: Arthur Luy, Merlina Sunas, Evelyn Ditchon De Leon, Marina Sula, Nova Kaye Dulay Batal, and Simonette Briones.

Among others, the banks included in the order were the Hongkong and Shanghai Bank, Citibank, Bank of the Philippine Islands, Land Bank of the Philippines, Banco de Oro, Metrobank, and United Coconut Planters Bank.

Napoles, who surrendered after a P10-million bounty was offered for her capture, is under detention at the Makati City Jail. She was charged with serious illegal detention, a non-bailable offense.

New witnesses

The lawyer of pork barrel scam whistleblower Benhur Luy yesterday said 17 more witnesses will testify against Napoles.

This brought to 27 the total number of witnesses against Napoles. The new witnesses went to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima last Thursday and yesterday.

Atty. Levito Baligod disclosed that the witnesses would testify that Napoles tried to convince them to pin down Luy in the pork scam.

Baligod said the witnesses were told to sign prepared sworn statements by one of the lawyers of Napoles, a certain Atty. Alex Tan.

Baligod stressed that the new set of witnesses has corroborated Luy’s earlier testimony that Napoles was behind the fake NGOs which got lawmakers’ pork barrel.


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