• Former Enrile chief of staff has flown away

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    Members of the Kilusang Mayo Uno wear masks depicting President Benigno Aquino 3rd, Local Government Sec. Mar Roxas, lawyer Lorna Kapunan, and (on wheelchair) suspected pork barrel queen Janet Lim-Napoles during a rally in front of the Mendiola Peace Arch in Manila on Thursday. The rallyists called for an end to the supposed preferential treatment being accorded Napoles.   Photo By  Alexis Corpuz

    Members of the Kilusang Mayo Uno wear masks depicting President Benigno Aquino 3rd, Local Government Sec. Mar Roxas, lawyer Lorna Kapunan, and (on wheelchair) suspected pork barrel queen Janet Lim-Napoles during a rally in front of the Mendiola Peace Arch in Manila on Thursday. The rallyists called for an end to the supposed preferential treatment being accorded Napoles.
    Photo By Alexis Corpuz

    Bureau of Immigration (BI) officer-in-charge Siegfred Mison confirmed on Thursday that Lucila “Gigi” Reyes, the former chief of staff of Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile, has left the country amid the pork barrel scam.

    Mison said Reyes was allowed to leave on August 31 because she was not considered a “person of interest,” and the bureau has no legitimate reason to stop her.

    The office of Enrile said they do not know where Reyes was.

    Staff members of lawmakers linked to the controversy are reportedly among the people who will be charged. Some of them have already gone on leave.

    Patrick Paroan, from Sen. Bong Revilla’s legislative staff, has been on leave for several months, while Pauline Labayen, Sen. Jinggoy Estrada’s deputy chief of staff, has not been reporting for work lately and has yet to explain her absence.

    It was learned that Reyes left the country a few days after reports quoted a witness claiming to have personally delivered pork barrel funds to Reyes.

    On Thursday, whistleblower of the pork barrel scam, Benhur Luy told the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing that the “chiefs of staff” of senators and congressmen also got a kickback from Napoles.

    Enrile’s deputy chief of staff Jose Antonio Evangelista, who is also expected to be included in a separate case that will be filed in connection with the scam, still reports regularly for work but refuses to be interviewed by the media.

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    1. Joaquin Fernandez on

      Brilliant move on the part of JPE. His case will not prosper. How about that of Bong, Jinggoy, Grinngo?

    2. What a shame! As they say – flight, clear and simple, denotes guilt. A sane, normal and innocent person, will even volunteer to come out in the open and challenge authorities to file charges if he/she has nothing to hide. What a shame indeed. Moreover, people in big frauds like the pork barrel, must have seen to it that when the need comes, they would have the money, the connection and paper-works handy. Mr. president PNoy, the people are waiting for your honest-to-goodness response and reaction to what is happening. Mr. Luy has now come out in the open saying – the releasing govt agency also asked for “cuts” before funds are released, you, even just under the principle of “command resposibility” can not now claim innocence on this huge and gargantuan malady….fraud…pest…

    3. I can’t help but laugh at the article above! Of course, these thieves have to fly the coup at the earliest opportunity! It’s a good bet they would never come back to PI, and will end up as TNT caregivers here in the USA, as most TNT do here! The Inerpol needs to be appraised of these thieves and returned to PI, and before we do that, DOJ better not let any senator and/or congressman leave PI until this “moro-moro” sees its end.

      • you are absolutely right, now they are looking for a better place to hide. they cannot bring their tons of money in their pocket not unless they swallow it. but there are heaps of other places that they can go too. it doesn’t mean when a big time thieves leave the Phils they will go to America right away and work as TNT in a home care facilities. US is not the only place to hide. we never know, abu sayaf can be their hidden partners too. ha ha ha…

    4. Ubusin na sila sa pamagitan ng arrest orders, otherwise, they can safely leave the country unnoticed for they have a lot of credit cards and cash, international deposits, from the day they received the volumes of millions in said scam. Drag them into court and convict them to a superlative degree of penalty (death penalty is a must)

    5. The wife of Jose Antonio (Jave for short) Evangelista had fled the country in February, 2011 due to swindling so many people. She is called the Birkin scammer.most of the victims didn’t file a case against her because of the husband’s connection to Senator Enrile, being his assistant chief of staff next to Gigi Reyes. Gigi was also a victim investing big amount of money to Sarah, Jave’s wife. The couple are known in our circles living the life of the rich and famous or rather notorious. Mayabang sila, in short but wala namang ibubuga. Sarah is believed to be in the U.S. Another reason why the victims are hesitant to file charges.

    6. As the saying goes, flight is a sign of guilt. But, there is a big “but,” these words may not be true to those close to the administration. A good example is Sen. Pinky Lacson, who disappeared for a year to avoid jail term, only to appear when his Kumpadre PNoy, got elected. And amazingly he was even treated like a long lost hero when he visited his Kumpadre in Malacanang. This is the kind political cancer we have in the Philippines, when friends and allies are manipulated to appear not guilty while enemies and oppositionists are immediately charged and manipulated to be guilty by illegal means.

    7. Why the government is not interested on these potential witnesses, these legislative staffs knows a lot, of what goes on in their offices, some may be involved in the scam themselves, they should have been banned from traveling. Unless the government already investigated them, if not, this reflect a serious lack of purpose and direction on the part of the government to try this case, and for what reason? that is the question?