CA orders probe of bank accounts of JPE, Bong, Jinggoy

Posted at 07/21/14 12:25 AM

MANILA - The Court of Appeals (CA) has ordered the examination of the bank accounts of Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Bong Revilla, and Jinggoy Estrada who stand accused for plunder and graft in connection with the multi-billion peso "pork barrel scam."

The order was handed down by the appellate court's Second Division via a resolution dated May 27, penned by Associate Justice Manuel Barrios, even before the lawmakers were arrested by the Sandiganbayan.

The Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC), through a petition, sought the examination of the lawmakers' bank accounts as part of the AMLC's efforts to locate the alleged proceeds of the scam.

The appellate court gave the AMLC a period of 90 days to conduct its examination.

"Wherefore, premises considered, the ex-parte application for the examination of the bank accounts filed by the Anti-Money Laundering Council is hereby granted for a period of 90 days herefrom," the resolution read.

The accounts ordered examined include the lawmakers' accounts in the Land Bank of the Philippines, Security Bank, Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), and Metrobank.

Based on the separate criminal informations filed by the Office of the Ombudsman before the Sandiganbayan, Enrile allegedly pocketed more than P172 million in kickbacks and commissions from alleged "pork barrel scam" queen Janet Lim Napoles; Revilla, P242 million; and Estrada, P183.79 million.

The appellate court also directed the AMLC to submit a report on the results of its examination and investigation.

The resolution was concurred in by Associate Justices Remedios Salazar-Fernando and Normandie Pizarro.

The AMLC has undertaken forfeiture proceedings against the lawmakers' co-accused before the Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC).