3 senators' bank accounts under scrutiny

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Monday, July 21, 2014

A GOVERNMENT agency is now looking into the bank accounts of Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jose "Jinggoy" Estrada and Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr., all accused of enriching themselves through kickbacks from their ghost projects under the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

In a Court of Appeals (CA) resolution, the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) has 90 days to do its work of determining whether the accounts are in any way linked to the multi-billion peso scam, which would then be the basis of the government to file forfeiture cases against the senators.

AMLC sought the CA's permission to scrutinize the bank accounts, which was granted by the court's Special Second Division on May 27.

Associate Justice Manuel Barrios wrote the resolution and was concurred in by Associate Justices Remedios Salazar-Fernando and Normandie Pizarro.

The three senators, currently detained on plunder and graft charges pending before the Sandiganbayan, had denied diverting their PDAF allocation to fake non-government organizations (NGOs) of co-accused Janet Napoles, whose assets were earlier frozen by a Manila court due to a forfeiture case filed by the AMLC.

Enrile allegedly pocketed P172 million from his pork barrel allocation while Estrada and Revilla were accused of taking P183 million and P224 million in kickbacks, respectively, in recent years. (Sunnex)

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