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The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and Justice Secretary Leila de Lima yesterday afternoon (September 16) filed charges of plunder and malversation of public funds against businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles, three senators and five former representatives, reported PhilSTAR online.
The charges were filed before the Office of the Ombudsman.
Charged with plunder were Senators Ramon Revilla Jr., Juan Ponce Enrile, and Jinggoy Estrada, and former representatives Rizalina Seachon-Lanete and Edgar Valdez.
Charged with malversation of public funds, direct bribery and other violations of the Graft and Corrupt Practices Act were former representatives Rodolfo Plaza, Samuel Dangwa, Constantino Jaraula, the report said.
De Lima said that “the complaints were based on ‘truckload” of evidence on the P10-billion pork barrel scam gathered by the bureau from 16 whistleblowers and concerned agencies.”
A summary of the complaints, according to the report, indicated that the three senators and two former representatives’ accumulated amount of plunder were:
Ramon Revilla Jr. – P224,512,500
Jinggoy Estrada – P183,793,750
Juan Ponce Enrile – P172,834,500
Rizalina Seachon-Lanete – P108,405,000
Edgar Valdez – P56,087,500
De Lima said that the three former lawmakers’ accumulated amount of plunder were below the P50 million threshold for the filing of plunder.
Rodolfo Plaza – P42,137,800
Samuel Dangwa – P26,770,472
Constantino Jaraula – P20,843,750
The PhilSTAR also reported that De Lima said that a total of 38 people, including Napoles and the lawmakers, were named as respondents in the plunder and malversation charges.
Others who were included as respondents in the charges are the chiefs of staff and representatives of the three senators and former members of the lower house.