• SC junks petition to stop pork probe

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    The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday threw out a petition seeking to stop the Office of the Ombudsman from pursuing its investigation into the pork barrel scam, particularly the complaint in which three senators and several former lawmakers were named respondents.

    During deliberations at their regular en banc session, the justices denied for lack of merit the petition for certiorari filed by Antonio Y. Ortiz, director general of the Technology Resource Center. The magistrates said that Ortiz, one of those charged with plunder by the Department of Justice (DOJ), failed to show that the Office of the Ombudsman committed grave abuse of discretion amounting to lack or excess of jurisdiction in its ongoing probe.

    The SC also denied the temporary restraining prayed for by Ortiz which would eventually stop the Ombudsman investigation against him.

    Ortiz was included in the first batch of pork-related complaint filed by the DOJ in connection with the release of Priority Development Assistance Fund or pork barrel of lawmakers to non-government organizations controlled by Janet Lim Napoles. His co-accused include senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., Napoles and several others.

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