Prosecutors handling the plunder case against Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada are asking the Sandiganbayan to issue an order for the preliminary seizure of all his monies and properties pending litigation of the P183-million plunder case against the senator in connection with the pork barrel scam.
State lawyers filed with the anti-graft court a 13-page ex-parte motion for the issuance of a writ of preliminary attachment/garnishment in order to “preserve and prevent any dissipation of prima facie ill gotten wealth” allegedly acquired by Estrada totaling P183,793,750.
Prosecutors want the Sandiganbayan to seize Estrada’s known real and personal properties, bank accounts, shares of stocks, financial instruments and other properties.
“It will be recalled that in the course of the PDAF (Priority Development Assistance Fund) trial, witness Benhur Luy testified that from 2004 to 2012, Estrada received kickbacks, commissions, advance fees and bribe money amounting to P183,793,750.00 for endorsing non-government organizations controlled by co-accused Janet Lim Napoles,” the Office of the Ombudsman said in a statement.
“Moreover, based on the report submitted by the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC), the total commissions or rebates received by Estrada from his PDAF were received by himself or through his dummies, namely: Pauline Labayen, Carl Dominic Labayen, Juan Tan Ng within a period of 30 days from the dates mentioned in the Luy ledger or summary of rebates. The remaining P86.875 million, which were not included in the Luy ledger, were reflected in the fund transfers from Napoles to Juan Tan Ng and Francis Yenko who were considered by the AMLC as dummies of Estrada,” it added.
Assistant Ombudsman Asryman Rafanan said in a press briefing that the move “is necessary to protect the interests of the State and to prevent the removal, concealment and disposition of ill-gotten properties and proceeds of plunder and corruption held by unscrupulous public officers.”
Last year, the prosecution panel handling the plunder case against Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. filed a similar request pending before the anti-graft court’s First Division to sufficiently secure and satisfy the amount of P224,512,500. Reina Tolentino