CA allows AMLC to probe Napoles' accounts
MANILA - The Court of Appeals (CA) has given the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) the green light to look into the bank and financial accounts of businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles, members of her family, staff, and non-government organizations (NGOs) she allegedly formed.
The appellate court's Special Second Division issued a 24-page resolution penned by Associate Justice Normandie Pizarro and concurred by
Associate Justices Remedios Salazar-Fernando and Danton Bueser.
It covers covers over 400 financial accounts.
The AMLC was given five months to examine these accounts, and directed to submit a report to the appellate court within a period of 10 days.
Aside from Napoles, the order also covers the following members of her family: Jo Christine Napoles, Jaime Garcia Napoles, James Christopher Lim Napoles, Jean/Jane Catherine Lim Napoles, John Christian Lim Napoles, Reynald Lim, and Ronald Francisco Lim.
Pork barrel scam whistleblower Benhur Luy's accounts are also covered by the order, as well as those of his mother, Gertrudes, and the accounts of Arthur Luy, Merlina Sunas, Evelyn Ditchon De Leon, Marina Sula, Nova Kaye Dulay Batal, and Simonette Briones.
The financial accounts covered by the order include those with the Hongkong and Shanghai Bank, Citibank, Bank of the Philippine Islands, Land Bank of the Philippines, Banco De Oro, Metrobank, and United Coconut Planters Bank.
The appellate court issued a freeze order on Napoles, et al's accounts last Aug. 16.
Napoles is tagged as one of the key players in a multibillion-peso scam involving the pork barrel funds of several legislators.