Gigi Reyes didn't use return ticket: BI
MANILA - Jessica Lucila "Gigi" Gonzales Reyes, former chief of staff of Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile, was supposed to return to the Philippines last September 3 but did not come back.
Speaking to radio dzMM, Bureau of Immigration officer-in-charge Siegfred Mison confirmed that Reyes left Manila last August 31 at 7:50 p.m. via Cebu Pacific flight 5J 362 bound for Macau.
"We have no record of her coming back. She has a ticket coming back but I don't think she has used it to come back because we have no record of anyone using her name on September 3," he said in the interview.
Reyes is the former chief of staff of Enrile, one of the senators being implicated in the pork barrel scam involving businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles.
Reyes left the Philippines two days after the Philippine Daily Inquirer released a story quoting a witness who claimed to have personally delivered priority development assistance funds to Reyes.
On Thursday, pork scam whistle-blower Benhur Luy told the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing that the chiefs of staff of senators and congressmen personally got cash from Napoles as part of their cut.
Mison said there is no standing hold departure order or watch list order against Reyes. Thus, she was allowed to leave the country.
He said even a lookout bulletin issued by the justice secretary will not prevent someone from leaving the country.