THE Supreme Court has ordered Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Gregory Ong to explain his links to Janet Lim-Napoles, the alleged brain of the pork barrel scheme.
A former employee of Napoles, Marina Sula, claimed before the Senate Blue Ribbon committee that Ong was Napoles’ contact in the judiciary.
During an en banc session on Thursday, the Court gave Ong 10 days to give his side.
Ong himself had asked the Court to investigate him to erase all doubts regarding his association with Napoles.
A photo of Ong with Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada and Napoles was posted on the Internet. But Ong said the picture was taken during Estrada’s birthday party and that Napoles must have wanted to have her photo taken with them.
Ong was a member of a division of the anti-graft court that heard and dismissed a criminal complaint against Napoles and other government officials over the alleged anomalous purchase of Kevlar helmets.
He said that the case was decided on its merits.