DFA cancels passports of Napoles, brother
MANILA – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has cancelled the passport of businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles, the alleged brains behind the multi-billion scam involving the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of lawmakers and the P900-million Malampaya Fund mess, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said on Saturday.
De Lima said Foreign Affairs Usec. Rafael Seguis told her that the DFA cancelled Napoles’ passport Friday night and issued the Foreign Service Circular to Foreign Service Posts and Regional Consular Offices in the country.
De Lima said the Bureau of Immigration has also been informed about the cancellation of Napoles' passport.
Under Section 8 of Republic Act 8239 or the Philippine Passport Act of 1996, one of the grounds for cancellation of a passport is "when the holder is a fugitive from justice."
The passport of her brother, Reynald Lim, has also been cancelled.
Both are wanted by authorities for charges of serious illegal detention of Benhur Luy, the so-called whistleblower of the alleged pork barrel funds and Malampaya fund scams.
The warrants for their arrest were issued by Judge Elmo Almeda of the Makati City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 150 on Wednesday.
The Court of Appeals has also issued a 6-month freeze order on all of the bank accounts and related web of accounts of Napoles, members of her immediate family, other relatives and staff of the JLN group of companies, including accounts of non-government organizations allegedly allied with Napoles. -- With a report from Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News