MANILA – The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed the various petitions of suspected pork barrel mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles and several others contesting the plunder charges stemming from the alleged pork barrel fund scam.
In a press briefing, SC spokesman Theodore Te said the SC dismissed the consolidated petitioned filed by Napoles, her employee John Raymund de Asis and former National Agri-Business Corp. (Nabcor) president Allan Javellana; and the consolidated petitions filed by former director-general of Training and Research Center (TRC) Antonio Ortiz and Javellana, all questioning their indictment by respondent Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales in connection with the anomalous disbursements of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).
In en banc resolutions, Te said the SC dismissed the petition for certiorari filed by Napoles challenging the Ombudsman’s finding of probable cause dated Sept. 26, 2014 and a joint order dated Nov. 26, 2014 finding probable cause to indict her with three counts of graft, malversation of public funds and corruption of public officers in connection with the anomalous disbursements of the priority development assistance fund of former Congressman Constantino Jaraula for 2004-2007 amounting to Php 50.5 million.
He added that in the second resolution, the en banc said it found probable cause to charge Napoles, de Asis and Javellana with graft, malversation of public funds and corruption of public officers in connection with the anomalous disbursements of the PDAF of former Congressman Samuel Dangwa for 2004-2007 amounting to Php 54 million.
Te noted that SC also dismissed the petition for certiorari of Ortiz and Javellana against the Ombudsman’s resolutions and joint orders, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and lawyer Levito Baligod.
”The assailed issuances earlier found probable cause against petitioners for several counts of graft arising from the disbursements of the PDAF of accused senators Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr, Jinggoy Ejercito, and Juan Ponce Enrile for 2006-2010, 2004-2010 and 2004 to 2012, respectively,” Te said during the press briefing.
“In all three items above, the Court found no grave abuse of discretion on the part of the Ombudsman in finding probable cause to indict petitioners. The Court deferred the findings of the Ombudsman in the absence of grave abuse of discretion,” Te added.
Revilla, Ejercito and Enrile, have been charged with plunder before the Sandiganbayan for allegedly pocketing their PDAF allotments.
Revilla and Ejercito are currently detained at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center pending trial while Enrile has been granted provisional liberty by the SC for humanitarian reason.
Last April 2015, Makati court sentenced Napoles to reclusion perpetua or life imprisonment over the serious illegal detention charges filed against her by whistle-blower Benhur Luy. Christopher Lloyd Caliwan/PNA/northboundasia.com