The government is working on the forfeiture of the assets of the key respondents in the pork barrel scam that include Janet Lim-Napoles, Benhur Luy, Ruby Tuason, and Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) Chairwoman Zenaida Ducut.
The Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) issued a Provisional Asset Preservation Order (PAPO) covering the bank accounts and properties of the personalities implicated in the scheme, acting on a petition filed by the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC).
The Manila Times obtained a copy of the 20-page order signed by Executive Judge Marino dela Cruz of the Manila RTC Branch 22, who said there is probable cause that the assets of those implicated were illegally acquired.
The PAPO forbids “any transaction, transfer, removal, conversion, concealment or other disposition of the subject bank accounts, monetary instruments, motor vehicles and real properties, effective for a period of 20 days from the respective dates of service to the respondents or any person acting in their behalf and upon each covered bank accounts or monetary instruments in the banks or financial institutions.”
Dela Cruz said there is probable cause “that the subject bank accounts, monetary instruments, motor vehicles and real properties are related to unlawful activities that may constitute plunder, bribery, which are unlawful activities or predicate crimes under Sec. 3 of RA 9160, which warrants the issuance of a Provisional Asset Preservation Order [PAPO].”
The court ordered the AMLC to assist in implementing the said order.
It set the hearing on the asset preservation on March 7.
In its petition, AMLC included other members of Napoles family: Jo Christine, Jaime Garcia, James Christopher, Jeane Catherine, Catherine Lim, John Christian Lim.
The council will examine the bank accounts of Abundant Harvest For People’s Foundation Inc, Agricultura Para sa Magbubukid Foundation, Bukirin Tanglaw Foundation, Countrywide Agricultural and Rural Economic Development Foundation, A Smile Foundation, JCLN Global Properties Devt. Corp., JCLN Real Estate Consortium Inc., JLN Construction and Devt. Corp., JLN Corp. Jo-Christine Trading and ZNAC Rubber Estate Corp. and several other organizations linked to Napoles.
The council said Napoles maintained accounts in Hongkong and Shanghai Bank, Citibank, Bank of Philippine Islands, Land Bank of the Philippines, Banco De Oro, Insular Bank, Metrobank, United Coconut Planters Bank and Air Materiel Wing Inc.