CA: Freeze assets of PDAF ‘players’

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THE Court of Appeals (CA) has ordered the freezing of the bank deposits of former lawmakers, Jessica “Gigi” Reyes, the former chief of staff of Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile, the aides of Senators Ramon “Bong” Revilla and Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada and other individuals implicated in the questionable releases and misuse of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

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Covered by the resolution issued by the CA’s former second division are the 38 bank accounts of Reyes, 96 bank accounts of Ruby Tuason, and dozens of bank deposits of four former members of the House of Representatives.

Tuason, the social secretary of former President Joseph Estrada, now mayor of Manila, is the current chief of staff of senator Estrada. Some witnesses in the plunder complaint filed against Janet Lim-Napoles claimed that Tuason was the conduit in the offices of Enrile and Senator Estrada.

All the people covered by the CA order were named respondents in the plunder complaint filed by the Department of Justice at the Office of the Ombudsman in connection with the misuse of pork barrel funds that were poured to bogus non-government organizations (NGOs) owned by Napoles.

The freeze order did not include Enrile, Estrada and Revilla.

The 43-page resolution penned by Associate Justice Manuel Barrios ordered the officials of several banks to freeze the assets of former Rep. Rodolfo Plaza of Agusan del Sur, former Rep. Samuel Dangwa of Benguet, former Rep. Constantino Jaraula of Cagayan de Oro and Rep. Edgar Valdez of APEC party-list.

Justices Remedios Salazar-Fernando and Normandie Pizarro concurred with the resolution.

The appellate court granted the petition of the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) to freeze the assets of the people allegedly behind the illegal release of PDAF. The council, however, excluded Enrile, Estrada and Revilla, who were also linked to Napoles and were also charged with plunder before the Office of the Ombudsman for allotting a big part of their PDAF to NGOs controlled by Napoles.

Other persons covered by the freeze order of the appellate court are Richard Cambe, former chief of staff of Revilla, Pauline Therese Mary Labayen, staff of Senator Estrada, Jose Sumalpong, the chief of staff of former Rep. Rizalina Seachon-Lenete and Erwin Dangwa, the chief of staff of Samuel Dangwa.

The freeze order will last for three months. The court directed the officers of the covered banks and financial institutions to submit detailed written returns on the freeze order and to “specify all pertinent and relevant information on the subject bank accounts, including all related accounts wherever these may be found.”

The accounts of Reyes, who is hiding abroad, are with the Bank of Commerce, Bank of Philippine Islands, East West Bank, Philippine American Life and Gen. Insurance Co. and Security Bank.

The court froze 33 accounts of Valdez as well as the deposits of his wife Thelma and daughter Ethel; 73 bank accounts of the Plaza family, including the deposits of the former lawmaker’s wife and children; 40 bank accounts of Dangwa and wife Divina and 44 bank accounts of Jaraula.

Court observers were surprised the assets of Enrile, Estrada and Revilla were not covered by the freeze order when they released billions from their PDAF to fund ghost projects.

Benhur Luy, a former employee of Napoles, has testified that Enrile received P172 million in kickbacks from the pork releases. Luy said it was Gigi Reyes who received the commissions in Enrile’s behalf.

Revilla pocketed P224 million in commissions, which was received by Cambe, according to Luy. Estrada also got P183 million in commissions, given to his representatives, Labayen and Tuason.

In the complaint filed by the DOJ, Plaza was accused of pocketing P42.14 million; Dangwa, P26.77 million; and Jaraula, P20.84 million.

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  1. Sa ngaun palang, na sesense ko na walang magandang kalalabasan ang decision ng Justice system ng atin gobyerno sa kaso na ito. Obuse na obuse na ang hindi magandang decision ng CA, sa freezing account ng mga taong involved specially, in favor kina Senatong Enrile, Revila at Estrada. This will lead to nothing. Dapat ang mga taong bayan na ang kumilos para mapagbayaran ng tatlong powerful senatong ang kanilang pagnanakaw sa kaban ng bayan. Kaming lahat sa abroad ay makikiisa sa taong bayan ng Pilipinas para makulong at patalsikin sa pwesto ang mga salot na mga senator na ito sa atin gobyerno, para hindi pamarisan ng iba. Ito ang mga klase ng tao na singkapal ng balat ng buhaya sa pagsisinungaling at nakukuha pang tumawa sa harapan ng tao.

  2. bakit kya mga rebelde ay walang masabi sa mga nangyayari sa gobierno?o bka moro moro lng din….kung tutuusin ay malaki ang kasalanan ng mga yan sa bayan…pandarambong sa kaban ng bayan..at economic sabotage..di ba dahilan yan…pra tugisin sila…o bka nka sahod din sila????bka lng namn…hoy gising !!!

  3. Pinoy Makabayan on

    Hindi pa daw kasi naililipat nina Enrile, Estrada at Revilla sa ghost accounts! Pag zero balance na, yun na lang ang hinihintay!

  4. Only the people power can freeze and confiscate the bank accounts and assets of the 3 stooges.

  5. Bakit kaya hindi lahat ang mga akusado? Hmmm what kind of justice we have in the philippines? What makes them exempted (the three senatongs)

  6. With the CA and BIR freezing bank accounts, the filthy rich will no longer deposit money in Philippine-based banks.

  7. alexis P. Ruizo on

    ngaun lng kayo nag order ng freeze kung kailan nalipat na ang mga pera nila!,, hindi ko alam kung kasabwat kayo oh talagang katangahan at kabobohan nyo lng yan,,mga wla kayong kwenta mga gahaman sa pera, sana mapabilis ang mga carma nyo at ng maranasan nyo ang hirap na dinaranas ng naming mga mahihirap,,,,,,,,

  8. The saying “JUSTICE FOR THE RICH AND POWERFUL and JUSTICE FOR THE POOR AND THE DOWNTRODDEN.” is a FACT in the Philippines. Not only these judges and justices are scared of Enrile, Revilla, and Estrada but also DE LIMA; she is as scared as choosing the DEVIL and the DEEP BLUE SEA!

  9. The court’s exempting the assets of Tanda, Pogi and Sexy from the freeze order shows how rotten, corrupt and inept our justice system is. While millions of Filipinos live in dire poverty, our corrupt legislators are getting richer exponentially. Shameful!

  10. anong klase gobyerno meron ang pinas?kung sino ang may malalaking ninakaw sila pa ang di binigyan ng freeze order ng ca,ganyan ba talaga kapag nasa gobyerno,,exempted ka.dapat ang tatlong yan ang ikulong na agad,alisin sa pwesto at ikulong sa muntinlupa.

  11. Enrile, the Revillas and the Estradas are like the baronial clans of Old Japan and Old Europe. No judge or justice will dare fight them. Now only the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church can, if the bishops choose to serve God, the people and the Republic and not the lords who have the gold and guns in their dioceses, truly reform our country. Even the media–perhaps excluding The Manila Times and a few individual journalists–have been bought or intimidated by the rich and powerful barons who are friends of the barons who own and run broadcast networks and newspapers are not effectively and consistently combating patronage and corruption.
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  12. Not including Enrile, Estrada and Revilla in the Court of Appeals free order is one more proof that our hapless country is run by elites. They are the ones who have the power, the money, the social and family connections. The top-notch lawyers and justices are all members of the elite set. Unless an elite camp or member has decided to wage war against another or to destroy an enemy, it will not touch another elite member person,

  13. I wonder why they didnt freeze the bank accounts of the 3 senators. I also wonder how many bank accounts they have & if any of them have dollar accounts. Does anyone also know if the law has been or will be changed regarding no one allowed to look at your dollar account without the account holders written approval. That needs to change as its only there to protect ill gotten monies.

  14. Yeah… it’s very surprising why the ban accounts/assetsof JPEnrile, Revilla and Estrada are not covered by the freeze…is this another corruption , this time by the Court?.. if iy is so, then , rest assured, any investigation is going NOWHERE.. poor Juan dela Cruz, may VIGILANTE is now the answer TO all this thing….

  15. Please explain why the three stooges were excluded in CA’s freeze order…why only three months and not until the smoke is totally clear or this is just some sort of selective justice now the the dear senator sexy is enjoying as he accused before .. it seems this is just to appease the fiipino people who are hungry of social justice…

  16. “The freeze order did not include Enrile, Estrada and Revilla.”
    Why? The peons’ accounts were frozen but not the principals?
    Why are they still in the legislature? I thought there were truckloads of evidence against them.

  17. It seems that the track record of our justice system always get the small fishes but the big one always get away The question is why? Moving forward when these big fishes trial come, do not give comfort to the citizens that they will be found liable for their sins. I hope and pray that when all is said and done, that all the corrupted funds return to the government’s coffer to help our starving brothers and sisters that some subsist from the dumpsters of these trusted legislators. I hope that the government will find the best prosecutors that they can have for obvious reasons. Pray-,Pray-.Pray.

  18. The Anti-Money Laundering Council erred in not requesting the CA to freeze the bank accounts of Senators Enrile, Revilla and Estrada. These are the big leeches.

    Request to freeze the assets or bank accounts should start from the big leeches down to the smaller leeches.

  19. How come the assets of the Senators were not included? The Congressmen’s assets
    Were included!!!. What’s happening here?

  20. What are the reasons why the accounts of POGI, SEXY AND TANDA.were left untouched? Aren’t they are the main players of this great scam ?. Are we witnessing another political maneuvering here?The Filipino people want to see results not a moro moro show