A total of 323 bank accounts were frozen by the Court of Appeals (CA) including 38 accounts of the former chief of staff of Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile, Jessica Lucila “Gigi” Reyes, whose bank transactions show dealings with suspected pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles.
This is contained in the 43-page Resolution of the CA former second division after it was petitioned by the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC).
It was stated that the testimony of witness Benhur Luy’s records matched the withdrawals from the JLN Corporation of Napoles.
Luy’s record stated that on June 11, 2010, P30 million was encashed from JLN Corp. Acct. 3-073-52390-8 under Metrobank.
In the bank documents obtained by AMLC, “the above transaction matched the Statement of Account from Metrobank which stated that P30 million was debited from JLN Corp.’s Metrobank Account No. 3-073-52390-8 on 11 June 2010.”
“On the same date, same amount was transferred to JLN Corp.’s Metrobank Account No. 035-3-03566282-1, as shown by an Application for Fund Transfer dated 11 June 2010, and was withdrawn shortly thereafter,” it says.
The four former lawmakers whose assets were frozen by the CA are former Rep. Edgar Valdez of APEC party-list with 33 bank accounts, former Rep. Rodolfo Plaza of Agusan del Sur with 73, former Rep. Samuel Dangwa of Benguet with 40, and former Rep. Constantino Jaraula of Cagayan de Oro with 44 bank accounts.
With the chiefs of staff, aside from Reyes, the chief of staff of Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, Ruby Chan Tuason, had 96 bank accounts frozen along with co-staff Pauline Labayen with 13 bank accounts; Richard Cambe, the chief of staff of Sen. Ramon Revilla Jr., two bank accounts; Jose Sumalpong, the chief of staff of Rep. Rizaline Seachon-Lenete, whose six bank accounts were frozen and Erwin Dangwa with 17 bank accounts frozen.
The CA document shows that with Tuason, the AMLC confirmed all of the transactions after the examination of Metrobank documents, except the April 6, 2010 transaction.
“A Metrobank deposit slip dated 2 February 2007 showed that LandBank Check No. 550970 for P5 million was deposited to PASED’s Metrobank Acccount No. 255-3-25503938-6. On 5 February 2002, P4.892 was withdrawn from said acccount,” it stated.
In the meantime, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said that the National Bureau of Investigation is not yet ready with the filing of the second batch of pork barrel scam suspects before the Office of the Ombudsman.