AMLC MOVES TO FREEZE ASSETS OF ENRILE, ESTRADA AND REVILLA

The Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) has started moves to freeze the assets and bank accounts of the lawmakers implicated in the pork barrel scam and recommended for prosecution for plunder by the Ombudsman, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said on Friday.
“I am not at liberty to be sharing the work of the AMLC, but suffice it to say that the AMLC has been working on this. It’s just that they started with those whose involvement was clear, based on the whistle-blowers’ affidavits,” she said. De Lima was replying to reporters’ questions on whether the assets of the senators linked to the scam—Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon Revilla Jr.—would also be frozen like those of alleged scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles. Press reports on Friday said that a Manila court issued an asset preservation order on Thursday against the bank accounts, vehicles and real properties registered under the name of Napoles, her family and other people linked to the scam, including whistle-blower Benhur Luy. The court was acting on a petition for civil forfeiture of assets filed in February by the AMLC against Napoles et al. It was not clear why the lawmakers were not included in the petition for forfeiture that the AMLC filed. “As to whether AMLC is also going to apply for the freezing of deposits of the other players, of the other personalities being implicated, it’s for AMLC really to do it,” De Lima said. Money belongs to gov’t
The justice secretary explained that asset recovery is “really a part of the integral process of exacting justice in anticorruption cases, particularly in plunder as it involves public funds.” READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: NBI readies new PDAF charges vs more solons

More legislators and personalities allegedly involved in the illegal diversion of Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to bogus non-government organizations of businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles will be charged in two new cases set to be filed by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said yesterday. She, however, declined to name those who will be included in the new complaints to be filed by the NBI before the Department of Justice (DOJ) “It’s a new batch. So ang common lang naman diyan ay si Mrs. Napoles, and mga implementing agencies. Iyon more or less ang common. Pero iyong lawmakers, every batch there ought to be new names,” De Lima told reporters yesterday. De Lima said NBI and DOJ officials, through Undersecretary Jose Justiniano, met earlier in the week to discuss the next batches to be filed. “Nag-inventory na kami kung ano na yung mga puwedeng isunod. May two sets na tinitingnan pa namin kung alin ang pwedeng unahin,” she said. “I will just make the proper announcement in due time,” she said.

ALSO: VIP prisoners: Every which way but jail

As they await their fate, Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon Revilla Jr. have kept netizens abuzz on whether they would opt for detention in a hospital suite or in a house in a military camp. Given the trend to grant hospital or house arrest to high-profile detainees, Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III is opening an inquiry to decide once and for all whether to make this a policy or scrap it altogether. Hospital and house arrests are “informal arrangements” because the law provides regular jail for everyone, but they are “alternative mechanisms” that should be looked into, he said. Such forms of detention have become “rampant” in recent years, but the question of their legality is another matter, said Pimentel, a lawyer. What’s the legal basis “What’s the legal basis for this practice? Do we want this practice to continue? If the answer is yes, then let’s make sure it’s legal. If the answer is no, then let’s make it clearly unlawful. Either way, we might need a law,” he said in an interview. If it’s unlawful, the committee on justice and human rights will issue a pronouncement that it’s unlawful and “must be stopped,” the senator said. “If we want this to persist, let’s have a law authorizing this,” he added. Apart from detention in a hospital or in a camp, some people are also held in the national police headquarters in Camp Crame, or in the National Bureau of Investigation, he observed.

ALSO: Ruby trying to sell Vegas properties

Potential state witness Ruby Tuason has been trying to sell her real estate properties in the United States, according to an ABS-CBN report. Tuason, one of the principal accused in the pork barrel fund scam who agreed to turn state witness, has several properties in Las Vegas. Documents obtained by ABS-CBN showed most of the properties have been transferred to her two sons. In September 2013, a house was transferred to one of her sons, Francis Tuason. The deed was notarized in Las Vegas. In February this year, another property inside the Las Vegas Country Club was posted in the market for $146,000 but was soon taken off. Tuason was expected to return to Manila yesterday, as she faces charges of plunder, along with Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. and Jinggoy Estrada. Tuason, who served as social secretary of former president and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, earlier offered to turn state witness and agreed to return P40 million in kickbacks from the scam. In February, she testified before the Senate Blue Ribbon committee, revealing her alleged irregular transactions with Estrada and Enrile’s staff. Tuason supposedly delivered bags of money to the lawmakers as their kickbacks for allocating their pork barrel funds to bogus non-profit organizations of businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles, the alleged mastermind of the scam.

ALSO: CA junks Napoles plea on illegal detention rap

In her 64-page petition for certiorari filed in August last year, Napoles asked the appellate court to nullify the DOJ resolution approving her indictment, saying it was “issued with grave abuse of discretion amounting to lack or excess of jurisdiction.” She also pleaded the CA to order the dismissal of the charge of serious illegal detention against her and her brother. Napoles questioned her indictment since the earlier preliminary investigation in the DOJ showed no probable cause on the complaint filed by Luy. She claimed that the serious illegal detention charge was “biased and baseless” and “crafted to cover the seeming lack of evidentiary support to roll the wheels of prosecution against those suspected of being involved in the controversial PDAF scam.” Napoles is detained at the police camp in Fort Sto. Domingo in Sta. Rosa, Laguna while standing trial in the serious illegal detention case since her arrest last year. She is also facing plunder and other charges before the Sandiganbayan in connection with the pork barrel scam. On the day of her supposed medical check-up, Napoles’ blood pressure and pulse and respiratory rate were normal. Chief Superintendent Reuben Theodore Sindac, director of the Philippine National Police-Public Information Office, said as of 6:57 a.m. yesterday medical personnel checked Napoles’ vital signs. Napoles’ blood pressure was 130/80, pulse rate at 76, respiratory rate at 20 and her temperature 36.2, Sindac said. A diabetic, Napoles’ random blood sugar test was high at 208 mg/dl, when normal level is 70 to 110 mg/dl. On orders of the Makati Court, Napoles was allowed to get a medical check-up at the Ospital ng Makati. “Although surgery is not urgent at this time as testified by Dr. Daguno, advancing the schedule of her surgical operation as pleaded by the accused herself would be beneficial to her health since the cysts in her uterus which she claims to be the source of her excruciating pain would be removed,” said Alameda in his order. Alameda, in his order, also said Napoles should shoulder all her medical bills and other expenses in connection with her confinement and surgical operation at the Ospital ng Makati. According to Diosfa Villanueva, Branch 1560 clerk of court, it would be up to the camp of Napoles to inform the court when the surgery on Napoles would be scheduled.


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AMLC to freeze assets of Enrile, Estrada, Revilla

MANILA, APRIL 7, 2014 (INQUIRER) By Nancy C. Carvajal - The Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) has started moves to freeze the assets and bank accounts of the lawmakers implicated in the pork barrel scam and recommended for prosecution for plunder by the Ombudsman, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said on Friday.

“I am not at liberty to be sharing the work of the AMLC, but suffice it to say that the AMLC has been working on this. It’s just that they started with those whose involvement was clear, based on the whistle-blowers’ affidavits,” she said.

De Lima was replying to reporters’ questions on whether the assets of the senators linked to the scam—Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon Revilla Jr.—would also be frozen like those of alleged scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles.

Press reports on Friday said that a Manila court issued an asset preservation order on Thursday against the bank accounts, vehicles and real properties registered under the name of Napoles, her family and other people linked to the scam, including whistle-blower Benhur Luy.

The court was acting on a petition for civil forfeiture of assets filed in February by the AMLC against Napoles et al.
It was not clear why the lawmakers were not included in the petition for forfeiture that the AMLC filed.

“As to whether AMLC is also going to apply for the freezing of deposits of the other players, of the other personalities being implicated, it’s for AMLC really to do it,” De Lima said.

Money belongs to gov’t

The justice secretary explained that asset recovery is “really a part of the integral process of exacting justice in anticorruption cases, particularly in plunder as it involves public funds.”

“In seeking justice there are five areas of coordination—fact-finding, preliminary investigation, prosecution, trial and recovery of assets,” she said.

In a plunder case like this, she said, the theory is the money belongs to the government coffers, “it should be recovered.”

Other solons in next batch

De Lima also said that “new names,” meaning lawmakers who have not been named before, are in the next batch of pork scam cases to be filed with the Office of the Ombudsman by the National Bureau of Investigation.

She did not give any names, nor did she give a time frame for when the new batch of cases will be filed.

But she confirmed that they still involved the bogus nongovernment organizations controlled by Napoles.

De Lima said that her department has conducted an inventory of complaints filed and is looking at two sets of cases, those involving the Napoles NGOs and the non-Napoles NGOs.

Intent but no action

The Cebu Coalition Against the Pork Barrel System has asked Enrile, Revilla and Estrada to resign from office after the Ombudsman found probable cause to charge them with plunder.

“All public officials being tried should resign from office, not necessarily as an admission of guilt but so that the truth be known without undue influence,” said a statement from the civil society group signed by its lead convenor, Msgr. Romualdo Kintanar.

“At no other time in Philippine history has the reputation of the Senate been as damaged as it is now. The legislative branch has been subject to so much distrust from the citizenry,” it said.

The coalition said it was time to make an example of the power of the law, and regain the respect the legislature once had.

However, the antipork coalition noted that no concrete action has been taken yet on the scam.

“The Ombudsman has released news that it intends to file plunder and malversation charges against some senators and other respondents, while the Senate blue ribbon committee has only released its draft report recommending the same,”ť it said.

“Intent simply precedes action. It is not yet action itself,” it added.

Senate ethics

At the Senate, Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III said the chamber should convene the ethics committee so it could carry out its role of hearing complaints against senators, though not yet against those linked to the pork barrel scam.

Pimentel said it would be prudent for the ethics committee chair to await the ruling of the courts on the plunder and graft case against Enrile, Estrada and Revilla before hearing any complaints against them.

“If the evidence that will be used by the committee will be the same evidence to be used in the litigation, it’s better for the committee to await the results of the litigation. Because what if they are acquitted?” he said.

This would be akin to a criminal court awaiting the resolution of a civil case before trying the same case, said the senator, who is a lawyer.

“You want to discipline senators based on an alleged criminal act and yet the criminal act has not been established—why should we now discipline the senators?” he said.

But he reiterated that the ethics committee should be constituted now so it could do its work.

No takers

Sen. Teofisto Guingona III, chair of the blue ribbon committee that conducted an inquiry into the pork barrel scam, earlier proposed that the ethics committee be convened to investigate the three senators.

“To restore the integrity of the Senate and the trust and confidence of the public, an institutional purging is needed once and for all,” he said.

Almost a year after the 16th Congress opened, the Senate has yet to convene the ethics committee. So far, there have been no takers of the committee chairmanship, presumably because of the extreme sensitivity of its work.

The chair and members of the committee are elected on the floor, and the Senate won’t be resuming sessions until May 5. With reports from TJ A. Burgonio and Carmel Loise Matus, Inquirer Visayas

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NBI readies new PDAF charges vs more solons by Leonard Postrado April 5, 2014

Manila, Philippines — More legislators and personalities allegedly involved in the illegal diversion of Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to bogus non-government organizations of businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles will be charged in two new cases set to be filed by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Justice Secretary Leila de Lima (photo) said yesterday.

She, however, declined to name those who will be included in the new complaints to be filed by the NBI before the Department of Justice (DOJ)

“It’s a new batch. So ang common lang naman diyan ay si Mrs. Napoles, and mga implementing agencies. Iyon more or less ang common. Pero iyong lawmakers, every batch there ought to be new names,” De Lima told reporters yesterday.

De Lima said NBI and DOJ officials, through Undersecretary Jose Justiniano, met earlier in the week to discuss the next batches to be filed.

“Nag-inventory na kami kung ano na yung mga puwedeng isunod. May two sets na tinitingnan pa namin kung alin ang pwedeng unahin,” she said.

“I will just make the proper announcement in due time,” she said.

Napoles is currently detained at Fort Sto. Domingo in Laguna due to a separate case of serious illegal detention. The Ombudsman had earlier in the week found probable cause to charge her, along with Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada, and Ramon Bong Revilla Jr. with plunder before the Sandiganbayan.

The Ombudsman has yet to resolve two other batches of government fund-related complaints filed last year by the DOJ and the NBI. One batch is still connected with the PDAF scam while the other concerns the alleged diversion of Malampaya gas funds to the so-called Napoles NGOs.

Meanwhile, De Lima refused to discuss whether the Anti-Money Laundering Council has already started reviewing the assets of other individuals involved in the pork barrel scam.

She said that there is a possibility that making premature announcements might alert the other targets of the AMLC, who might try to hide them even before a court could issue an Asset Preservation Order (APO) against them.

The Justice Secretary also admitted that she supports the AMLC efforts to run after the other individuals who are benefitted from the P10-billion pork barrel scam.

“For justice to really be able to deliver complete justice on the priority development assistance fund (PDAF) scam and other related scams, we should not also stop at the prosecution aspect because in the Inter-Agency Anti-Graft Coordinating Council (IAAGCC) there are five areas of coordination namely fact-finding, preliminary investigation, prosecution, trial and recovery of assets,” she said.

She added, “These are public funds. In the end, these should be recovered. That is really part of the integral process of extracting justice in anti-corruption cases such as plunder.”

FROM THE INQUIRER

VIP prisoners: Every which way but jail By TJ A. Burgonio Philippine Daily Inquirer 1:31 am | Sunday, April 6th, 2014

MANILA -As they await their fate, Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon Revilla Jr. have kept netizens abuzz on whether they would opt for detention in a hospital suite or in a house in a military camp.

Given the trend to grant hospital or house arrest to high-profile detainees, Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III is opening an inquiry to decide once and for all whether to make this a policy or scrap it altogether.

Hospital and house arrests are “informal arrangements” because the law provides regular jail for everyone, but they are “alternative mechanisms” that should be looked into, he said.

Such forms of detention have become “rampant” in recent years, but the question of their legality is another matter, said Pimentel, a lawyer.

What’s the legal basis

“What’s the legal basis for this practice? Do we want this practice to continue? If the answer is yes, then let’s make sure it’s legal. If the answer is no, then let’s make it clearly unlawful. Either way, we might need a law,” he said in an interview.

If it’s unlawful, the committee on justice and human rights will issue a pronouncement that it’s unlawful and “must be stopped,” the senator said.

“If we want this to persist, let’s have a law authorizing this,” he added.

Apart from detention in a hospital or in a camp, some people are also held in the national police headquarters in Camp Crame, or in the National Bureau of Investigation, he observed.

Safety pretext

The senators’ corespondent in the pork barrel scam, businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles, has been held in a police training camp in Laguna province purportedly for her own safety since her arrest last year in a separate illegal detention case.

This has raised hackles because she clammed up at the Senate inquiry into the scam, and set off calls for her to be thrown in a regular jail.

Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is detained in the state-run Veterans Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City while on trial for plunder and electoral sabotage charges.

Estrada’s own father, deposed President Joseph Estrada, was placed under house arrest in his rest house in the mountains of Tanay, Rizal province, while being tried for plunder.

Should the Ombudsman decide to file plunder and graft charges against them with the Sandiganbayan, Senator Estrada ruled out requesting a special detention facility, and said he was prepared for a regular jail.

“Do I have a choice? We don’t have a choice,” Estrada told reporters by phone from Los Angeles on Friday on the prospect of landing in a regular jail. “I’m not thinking of it.”

Premature talk

Lawyer Joel Bodegon said he and his client, Revilla, haven’t discussed this, adding that any talk of detention was premature. Enrile has not issued a statement.

After announcing their being found liable for plunder and graft in connection with the scam, the Ombudsman gave the senators, Napoles and several others an opportunity to file a motion for reconsideration.

Once the Ombudsman files the case in the Sandiganbayan, the discretion of where they will be detained lies with the antigraft court, presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said on Friday.

Pimentel, chair of the committee on justice and human rights, said he would call the hearing after Congress resumes sessions on May 5.

He said the committee would invite officials from the Department of Justice, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Bureau of Corrections, National Bureau of Investigation, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, judges and criminal law professors to get their views on the matter.

The goal is to firm up a legislative position with a view to crafting a law on the matter, he said. There are now relevant bills pending with the committee that warrant a hearing on the issue.

Common man’s pulse

“I will pursue the subject matter, and feel the pulse of the common man as well as the experts in criminal law,” he said.

Pimentel agreed that the issue of whether senior citizens could invoke old age to ask for a special treatment would likely be raised in the hearing. Enrile is 90 years old.

He said the law did not mandate special treatment. When one reaches 70, one is eligible for parole, but this has limitations.

“Parole has to do with generosity of the State. But for a grave crime, the State will not be generous,” he said.

Ruby trying to sell Vegas properties (The Philippine Star) | Updated April 6, 2014 - 12:00am 18 585 googleplus0 0

MANILA, Philippines - Potential state witness Ruby Tuason has been trying to sell her real estate properties in the United States, according to an ABS-CBN report.

Tuason, one of the principal accused in the pork barrel fund scam who agreed to turn state witness, has several properties in Las Vegas.

Documents obtained by ABS-CBN showed most of the properties have been transferred to her two sons.

In September 2013, a house was transferred to one of her sons, Francis Tuason. The deed was notarized in Las Vegas.

In February this year, another property inside the Las Vegas Country Club was posted in the market for $146,000 but was soon taken off.

Tuason was expected to return to Manila yesterday, as she faces charges of plunder, along with Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. and Jinggoy Estrada.

Tuason, who served as social secretary of former president and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, earlier offered to turn state witness and agreed to return P40 million in kickbacks from the scam.

In February, she testified before the Senate Blue Ribbon committee, revealing her alleged irregular transactions with Estrada and Enrile’s staff.

Tuason supposedly delivered bags of money to the lawmakers as their kickbacks for allocating their pork barrel funds to bogus non-profit organizations of businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles, the alleged mastermind of the scam.

Napoles is now detained on charges of illegal detention filed by Benhur Luy, who blew the whistle on the scam.

She was also included as principal accused in the scam, along with Tuason and the three senators.

An opportunity

The indictment of the three senators in the plunder and graft charges would be an opportunity for them to defend themselves in a court of law, Vice President Jejomar Binay said yesterday.

“That’s part of the legal process. The wheels of justice have started rolling and now they can defend themselves before the proper forum under the presumption of innocence rule,” Binay told reporters at the sidelines of the Araw ng Kagitingan weeklong activities at the Philippine Army headquarters in Taguig City.

Enrile, Estrada and Revilla as well as several others linked to the scam were given five days to submit their motions for reconsideration.

Binay said he is just hoping the three senators will be defending themselves on a “level playing field.” He, however, did not elaborate. – With Jaime Laude, Mike Frialde

CA junks Napoles plea on illegal detention rap By Edu Punay (The Philippine Star) | Updated April 1, 2014 - 12:00am 2 1 googleplus0 0

MANILA, Philippines - The Court of Appeals (CA) has upheld the indictment of alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles for the illegal detention case filed by whistle-blower Benhur Luy.

In a 23-page decision released yesterday, the special Third Division of the appellate court dismissed the petition of Napoles questioning the Department of Justice’s finding of probable cause last year in the serious illegal detention charges filed against her and her brother Reynald Lim.

Contrary to the allegation of the detained businesswoman, the CA held that the DOJ did not commit grave abuse of discretion in filing the case against her.

“There was no hint of whimsicality, no gross and patent abuse of discretion as would amount to an evasion of positive duty or a virtual refusal to perform a duty enjoined by law or to act at all in contemplation of law,” read the ruling penned by Associate Justice Ramon Garcia.

The CA stressed that the DOJ was very detailed in enumerating the basis of filing the case against Napoles and Lim.

“In fact, in the assailed resolution, the Task Force on Anti-Kidnapping painstakingly went over the pieces of evidence adduced by the parties and thereafter resolved the issues by applying the precepts of the law on evidence,” the appeals court added.

“The assailed resolution of the DOJ Task Force on Anti-Kidnapping finding probable cause that petitioner committed the crime of serious illegal detention does not appear to have been made with grave abuse of discretion,” it added.

In the same ruling, the CA also affirmed the arrest order issued by the Makati City Regional Trial Court Branch 150 against Napoles and Lim.

It held that Napoles failed to exhaust all available remedies in the lower court before elevating the case to the CA.

Napoles and her brother were slapped with serious illegal detention after the NBI rescued Luy on March 22, 2013 in a condominium unit at Pacific Plaza Tower in Bonifacio Global City, where the siblings allegedly detained him for months to prevent him from coming out and revealing information about the scam.

The appeals court said the prosecutors have been detailed in their findings when they enumerated the basis of filing the case against Napoles and Lim.

In her 64-page petition for certiorari filed in August last year, Napoles asked the appellate court to nullify the DOJ resolution approving her indictment, saying it was “issued with grave abuse of discretion amounting to lack or excess of jurisdiction.”

She also pleaded the CA to order the dismissal of the charge of serious illegal detention against her and her brother.

Napoles questioned her indictment since the earlier preliminary investigation in the DOJ showed no probable cause on the complaint filed by Luy.

She claimed that the serious illegal detention charge was “biased and baseless” and “crafted to cover the seeming lack of evidentiary support to roll the wheels of prosecution against those suspected of being involved in the controversial PDAF scam.”

Napoles is detained at the police camp in Fort Sto. Domingo in Sta. Rosa, Laguna while standing trial in the serious illegal detention case since her arrest last year.

She is also facing plunder and other charges before the Sandiganbayan in connection with the pork barrel scam.

The Office of the Ombudsman and the Commission on Audit (COA) appealed to the people for understanding yesterday on the delay in the resolution of the pork barrel scam cases now pending before the anti-graft agency.

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales and COA Chairman Ma. Gracia Pulido-Tan, after signing the revised guidelines of cooperation among the signatories to the Inter-Agency Anti-Graft Coordinating Council (IAAGCC) at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Quezon City, said legal procedures have to be followed.

“It is easy to file complaints but the Ombudsman is taking it judiciously and carefully in reviewing voluminous records to secure conviction,” said Tan, whose COA report was a main basis for the filing of cases by the DOJ.

Among those facing investigation for alleged involvement in the pork barrel anomaly are: Napoles, Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada, and Ramon Revilla Jr.

The IAAGCC is a government task force charged with the investigation of high ranking public officials involved in P50 million and more complex related government deals.

Morales said the signing of the revised guidelines signifies the seriousness of the government’s fight against graft and corruption.

On the day of her supposed medical check-up, Napoles’ blood pressure and pulse and respiratory rate were normal.

Chief Superintendent Reuben Theodore Sindac, director of the Philippine National Police-Public Information Office, said as of 6:57 a.m. yesterday medical personnel checked Napoles’ vital signs.

Napoles’ blood pressure was 130/80, pulse rate at 76, respiratory rate at 20 and her temperature 36.2, Sindac said.

A diabetic, Napoles’ random blood sugar test was high at 208 mg/dl, when normal level is 70 to 110 mg/dl.

On orders of the Makati Court, Napoles was allowed to get a medical check-up at the Ospital ng Makati.

“Although surgery is not urgent at this time as testified by Dr. Daguno, advancing the schedule of her surgical operation as pleaded by the accused herself would be beneficial to her health since the cysts in her uterus which she claims to be the source of her excruciating pain would be removed,” said Alameda in his order.

Alameda, in his order, also said Napoles should shoulder all her medical bills and other expenses in connection with her confinement and surgical operation at the Osmak.

According to Diosfa Villanueva, Branch 1560 clerk of court, it would be up to the camp of Napoles to inform the court when the surgery on Napoles would be scheduled.

Revilla will return

Revilla’s lawyer Joel Bodegon said yesterday that there was no reason to suspect that the senator would not return to the country after his two-week pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

Bodegon said that Revilla has an important announcement to make when he returns home.

He declined to reveal what the announcement would be, saying that he does not want to pre-empt his client.

However, he said that the announcement has something to do with the future of the country. – With Marvin Sy, Michael Punongbayan, Cecille Suerte Felipe


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