• Sandigan subpoenas banks with accounts of NGOs linked to Napoles

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    The Sandiganbayan’s First Division has issued subpoenas to two banks handling accounts of non-government organizations (NGOs) that supposedly implemented projects with pork barrel funds of Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr.

    The subpoenas were ordered issued to Metrobank’s legal department and the respective branch managers of LandBank-EDSA Greenhills and Landbank-DECS Extension Office.

    The Sandiganbayan’s Fifth Division, which handles the case against Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada, has also issued subpoenas to Metrobank’s legal department and the branch manager of LandBank of the Philippines-EDSA Greenhills or his/her duly authorized representative.

    They were ordered to bring with them before the court documents earlier requested by government lawyers handling the cases.

    Such documents include account opening forms and all identification documents and pictures, bank statements covering check deposits and corresponding withdrawal slips and certified copies of cancelled checks.

    In Revilla’s case, the NGOs were Agrikultura Para sa Magbubukid Foundation (APMFI), People’s Organization for Progress and Development Foundation Inc. (POPDFI) Masaganang Ani Para sa Magsasaka Foundation Inc. (MAMFI), Social Development Program for Farmer’s Foundation Inc. (SDPFFI) and Agri and Economic Program for Farmers Foundation Inc. (AEPFFI).

    In Estrada’s case, SDPFFI and MAMFI were involved.

    Witnesses Benhur Luy, Marina Sula and Merlina Suñas were Presidents of SDPFFI, MAMFI and POPDFI.

    It is alleged that the NGOs were owned or controlled by Janet Lim-Napoles, the alleged brains of the P10-billion pork barrel scam.

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