Napoles’ brother being used to protect ‘big names’in PDAF Scam – DOJ

admin   •   May 12, 2017   •   3143

MANILA —  Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Vitallano Aguirre has revealed the reason why Janet Lim-Napoles wanted to be transferred to the custody of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

“Kasi diba yung kapatid nya was never arrested. Merong malalim na parang kuwan dyan, yung kapatid nyang yan ay naka-prenda para hindi magsalita si Janet,” said DOJ Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre. (Her brother was never arrested. There is more to the story. His brother has been pawned to stop Janet from talking.)

He added that Napoles’ brother and co-accused, Reynald Lim, is being held by a big group.

Sec. Aguirre said Reynald Lim is being used to prevent Napoles from disclosing other names involved in the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) Scam.

“Actually, kaya naman hindi lang nagsasalita si Janet Napoles gawa ng talagang nag-aalala sya na kapag nagsalita sya lalong magiging endangered yung kanyang life,” Sec. Aguirre added. (Actually Janet Napoles is not speaking out because she is worried that her life will be in more danger.)

Napoles’ legal counsel, Atty. Stephen David, went to the DOJ to personally appeal for his client to be transferred to a different facility.

The DOJ is also studying the proposal to make Napoles a state witness, instead of being the accused.

READ: Duterte agrees on Napoles’ acquittal for illegal detention

Aguirre agreed with the position of Napoles’ camp that only government officials may be charged with plunder, and not any private individuals like Janet Napoles.

The DOJ has thorough investigation underway and assures there will be more revelations of ‘big names’ said to be involved in the PDAF and the  Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) scam.

We will be making an honest to goodness effort to reopen itong (this) PDAF and even DAP cases.  Kaya’t (That’s why) we could not rest in view of the fact that only three among hundreds of responsible public officials dito sa dalawang kasong ito (in these two cases),” Sec. Aguirre said.   — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

NBI completes forensic examination on Christine Dacera’s body – DOJ

Robie de Guzman   •   January 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has completed its forensic examination on the remains of flight attendant Christine Dacera, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said on Monday.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said he will leave it to the NBI to release the results of its examination.

Guevarra added that the agency is currently coordinating with the Makati Medical Center for the tests it conducted on Dacera when she was taken there after she was found unconscious in the bathtub of a Makati hotel on January 1 after a night of partying with some friends.

The NBI earlier revealed it had extracted at least 100 milliliters of bodily fluid from Dacera’s body during its re-autopsy. It said it will help check for the presence of illegal drugs or alcohol.

Guevarra said the NBI Digital Forensic Team will next probe the data from the mobile phone of persons tagged in the death of Dacera.

Eleven individuals, who were with Dacera before she died, are facing a complaint for rape with homicide over the incident. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento)

Christine Dacera case: 12 occupants from room 2207 appear before NBI

Robie de Guzman   •   January 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Twelve individuals who stayed at room 2207 in a Makati City Hotel have appeared before the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in connection to the death of flight attendant Christine Dacera.

NBI Spokesperson Atty Ferdinand Lavin said the 12, who came along with their legal counsels, underwent over 10 hours of question and answer investigation by the NBI experts.

“They opted that they will come  again altogether, sama-sama sila with counsels so everyone is to witness how the investigation proceeds as against all of them, nakikita nung iba paanong iniimbestigahan sila,” Lavin said.

It was learned that Dacera and some of her friends rented room 2209 of the City Garden Grand Hotel in Makati to celebrate the new year and that they mingled with the occupants of room 2207.

In CCTV footages, Dacera and some of her friends were seen going back and forth between the two rooms on the night of December 31.

Dacera was found unconscious last Jan. 1 in the bathtub of room 2209. She was rushed to a hospital but was declared dead on arrival.

Respondent John Pascual dela Serna, in his counter-affidavit submitted to the Makati Prosecutor’s Office, said they went to room 2207 after they were invited by another respondent, Ed Madrid, who knew the occupants there.

Lavin said investigators have also invited the individuals who stayed with Dacera at room 2209 as part of their ongoing probe.

“They have their lawyers so may counsel dito, and we thank them for their cooperation. Hindi pa tapos ito, and the statements would be validated against the pieces of evidence,” he said.

The Department of Justice last week ordered the NBI to help in the investigation into the death of Dacera. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento)

DOJ issues hold departure order vs nine cops in Jolo shooting

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued a hold departure order against the nine policemen involved in the shooting of four army personnel in Jolo, Sulu.

In a statement, DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra has ordered prosecutors to file a motion in the court for a hold departure order against the policemen accused of killing the four army personnel in Jolo, Sulu last June 2020.

The order was issued after the Philippine National Police (PNP) released the said cops after being dismissed from service.

“The DOJ prosecutors filed the criminal information against the 9 police officers last January 4. The court was supposed to issue the warrants of arrest thereafter, but apparently failed to do so because of the current lockdown in Sulu,” he said.

Guevarra, meanwhile, hopes the accused would voluntarily turn themselves in once the warrants are issued.

“We hope that the 9 accused will voluntarily turn themselves in when such warrants are eventually released by the court. Otherwise, law enforcement agents will look for them and take them into custody,” Guevarra said. -AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

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