DOJ monitoring travels of Napoles, brother
MANILA, Philippines – All eyes on the Napoleses – even the Bureau of Immigration's (BI).
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima on Monday, August 5, confirmed she issued an Immigration Lookout Bulletin (LBO) targeting Janet Napoles and her brother Reynald "Jojo" Lim due to the "gravity of allegations" against the siblings "and the Napoleses' financial capacity."
In a memorandum addressed to BI Commissioner Ricardo David Jr and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Director Nonnatus Rojas, De Lima ordered immigration officers to monitor Napoles and her brother's international travels. The memo was dated July 15.
The memo asked that immigration officers be discreet, since the investigation into Napoles' alleged involvement in the pork barrel scam is still ongoing, and so as not to "jeopardize the efforts being made by the NBI."
It also instructed officers and investigators to "promptly relay" information if the two are entering or attempting to leave the country.
A lookout bulletin orders authorities to be on alert, but does not give them the power to stop targets from traveling. The NBI is in the middle of its probe, and has yet to file any charges against the Napoleses.
Janet Lim-Napoles is the alleged syndicate behind a multi-million peso pork barrel scam, which accuses Napoles and her brother of taking lawmakers' pork barrel money for ghost projects, and dividing the cash between them and the lawmakers. – Rappler.com