The Sandiganbayan has issued hold departure orders (HDOs) against former Rep. Samuel Dangwa of Benguet and 32 others in connection with the graft and malversation charges filed against them for alleged misuse of pork barrel funds.
Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice and Third Division Chairperson Amparo Cabotaje-Tang and Associate Justices Samuel Martires and Alex Quiroz signed the HDOs, dated February 10 and made public on Friday.
“[T]his Court, in the exercise of its inherent power to use all means necessary to carry its orders into effect, more specifically, to preserve and maintain the effectiveness of its jurisdiction over the case/s and the persons of the accused so as to render accused at all times amenable to its units and processes…hereby order/s the Commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration to hold the departure from the Philippines of the above-named accused and to include the name/s of said accused in the Hold Departure List of said bureau,” the order read.
Apart from Dangwa, also issued HDOs were Janet Lim-Napoles, Erwin Dangwa, Carlos Lozada, Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Undersecretary Mario Relampagos and DBM employees Lalaine Paule, Marilou Bare and Rosario Nuñez.
Samuel Dangwa, Napoles, Erwin Dangwa, Lozada, Relampagos, Paule, Bare and Nuñez are named respondents in all graft and malversation cases.
The others who got HDOs were former Napoles’ employee John Raymund De Asis; Technology Resource Center (TRC) Directors General Antonio Ortiz and Dennis Cunanan; National Agribusiness Corp. (Nabcor) President Alan Javellana; National Livelihood and Development Corp. (NLDC) ex-President Gondelina Amata.
Also barred from leaving the country were Marivic Jover, Belina Concepcion, Rosalinda Lacsamana, Mylene Encarnacion, Consuelo Lilian Espiritu, Rhodora Mendoza, Victor Cacal, Maria Julie Villaralvo-Johnson, Maria Ninez Guañizo, Romulo Relevo, Eulogio Rodriguez, John Bernardo, Emmanuel Alexis Sevidal, Chita Jalandoni, Sofia Cruz, Ofelia Ordonez, Filipina Rodriguez, Evelyn De Leon, Nitz Cabilao and Gregoria Buenaventura.