Napoles passport cancelled
All airports in the country have been informed about the passport cancellation

NAPOLES PROBE. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima on August 17 says the passport of Janet Napoles has been cancelled. File photo by Rappler

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has cancelled the passports of Janet Lim-Napoles and his brother Reynald Lim.

“Undersecretary Rafael Seguis informed that the DFA issued last night the corresponding Foreign Service Circular addressed to its Foreign Service Posts and Regional Consular Offices all over the country,” Justice Secretary Leila de Lima told reporters on Saturday, August 17.

The DFA has also informed the Bureau of Immigration about the cancellation of the Napoles siblings’ passports, De Lima added.

Napoles and his brother Reynaldo Lim are wanted for serious illegal detention charges. They are believed to be the masterminds of an alleged pork barrel syndicate.

A Makati court ordered the Napoles arrested last Wednesday, August 14, but they remain at large. De Lima said the law allows government to cancel the passports of fugitives.

On Friday, August 16, the Court of Appeals also ordered the freezing of the bank accounts of Napoles, her family members and staff.

Lorna Kapunan, Napoles’ counsel, described the move as “despotic.”