Lawmaker bats for freeze of Napoles bank accounts


The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) should seek the freezing of the bank accounts of businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles allegedly culled from the P10-billion Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scheme thru her bogus non-government organizations (NGOs).

Rep. Elipidio Barzaga Jr. of Dasmariñas, Chairman of the House Committee on Games and Amusements, made the call in light of the move of the Department of Justice to place Napoles and her children under the Bureau of Immigration watch list.

“They should file a petition for the issuance of freeze order in so far as the bank accounts of Napoles and other NGOs are concerned and if necessary, file a writ of attachment against Napoles and her cohorts on the basis of the testimonies of their whistleblowers,” Barzaga argued.

“Without taking these legal steps, the government may not be able to recover anything from Napoles. It would not be farfetched to conclude that right now, there might already be some disposition of her properties, Barzaga added.

The everyday statements released by the witnesses against Napoles namely: Benhur Luy and Merlina Suñas, Barzaga cited, are making things worse because it has become apparent that the government is telegraphing its punches against Napoles.

“They [NBI] should have issued a gag order on their witnesses, make them immune form any publicity because this does not do good for the government in building an air tight case against Napoles and her bogus NGOs,” Barzaga pointed out.

“With the news releases coming from the witnesses of the government, we are unwittingly giving substantial advance information to Napoles and her lawyers to prepare for their defense,” Barzaga added in closing.


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