THE Department of Justice is set to file today another set of plunder charges regarding the misuse of Malampaya funds amounting to P900 million.
Justice Secretary Leila De Lima said on Wednesday that former cabinet officials will be among those charged at the Office of the Ombudsman.
“Walang lawmakers dito sa Malampaya kasi lahat dyan one hundred percent ghost projects yan, ghost deliveries, pero meron sa certain agencies of government.” de Lima told reporters.
She said that the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) was still photocopying voluminous documents that will be submitted as evidence today.
“NBI is doing last-minute preparations, sini-xerox na ang dapat i-xerox, kino-collate na yun mga dapat i-collate,” the Justice chief added.
NBI spokeman Cecilio Zamora Jr. said the volume of evidences in the Malampaya case is not as huge as the first batch of Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam.
As of yesterday, De Lima was still waiting for advisories on the actual time of filing at the Ombudsman.
The Justice secretary said she wanted to file the complaint yesterday but they had to defer it because principal witness Benhur Luy and the other witnesses were expected to appear before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) in Makati for bail hearings.
De Lima said that Benhur and the other witnesses had to personally subscribe to their affidavits during the filing of the Malampaya case.
“Hindi pwede hindi kasama sila Benhur when we file because just like the first batch of PDAF cases, they need to subscribe personally to their respective affidavits which form part of their records na itatransmit. So ni-reset namin,” she explained.
Aside from Luy and Merlina Sunas, only a few witnesses are expected to testify since not all witnesses knew the Malampaya fund scam.
The Justice chief did not say who or how many will be charged since there may still be last minute changes.