De Lima: US forfeiture raps vs. Napoles' assets to help strengthen pending PDAF cases in PHL

July 16, 2015 4:55 am 

By Perfecto T. Raymundo

MANILA, July 15 (PNA) — Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Leila M. De Lima on Wednesday said that the forfeiture case in the United States against the assets of Janet Lim Napoles will help strengthen the pending priority development assistance fund (PDAF) cases in the Philippines.

According to De Lima, the civil forfeiture case filed by the US Justice Department against the assets of Napoles would be a big help in the cases filed against the personalities allegedly involved in the PDAF scam.

De Lima said that the civil case in America would help in the criminal case, which is now pending in the Philippines against the respondents in the PDAF cases.

She added that the PDAF cases also included the civil case in the forfeiture of assets and the criminal case which were filed at the Sandiganbayan.

Likewise, De Lima also said that she would request for a copy of the report from the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) on the status of forfeiture cases filed against Napoles' assets and the members of her family, which are now pending at the Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC).

Napoles is the alleged "brains" behind the Php10-billion pork barrel and the Php900-million Malampaya Fund scams. (PNA)

RMA/PTR

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