Pork Barrel Scam: Another Batch of Cases

The Department of Justice will file the third batch of cases against those  involved in the pork barrel scam.

In the hearing of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, Secretary of Justice Leila De Lima explained that they are waiting for the Ombudsman to finish its revisions and for the Sandiganbayan to hear the first batch of cases.

Included in the first batch of cases filed by the DOJ are Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada, Ramon Revilla Jr., eight congressmen as well as Janet Lim Napoles and twenty-one others.

De Lima further added that they are being cautious in choosing possible state witnesses to ensure that the cases will not be dismissed.

They’re also convinced of the strength of Tuason’s testimony as evidence because she is one of those who served as middlemen in distributing kickbacks to lawmakers.

De Lima confirmed that the cases involving the Malampaya fund is already at the Ombudsman but she is not sure if the Ombudsman had already reviewed the cases.

The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee ordered the serving of subpoenas on the new names that were allegedly involved in the pork barrel and Malampaya fund anomalies.

Next to face the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee are Energy Regulation Commission Chairman Zenaida Ducut, Actor Matt Ranillo, Justa Tantoco and Jess Santos.

The four were named by Ruby Tuason as involved in transactions with Napoles.