Ombudsman indicts Napoles, 3 senators for plunder
Ombudsman indicts Napoles, 3 senators for plunder

The Ombudsman has found probable cause to file 3 separate plunder indictments against Senators Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr, Juan Ponce Enrile, and Jinggoy Estrada with the inclusion of alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles and 6 others. On Tuesday, April 1, Assistant Ombudsman Asryman Rafanan announced the Ombudsman’s findings, some six months after it received the plunder complaint. Rafanan said the 3 senators clearly “took undue advantage of their positions.” Earlier in the day, Senator Teofisto Guingona called a press conference to announce the Senate blue ribbon committee’s findings that also recommended the filing of plunder charges against government officials and private individuals. By some estimates, these individuals benefitted from almost P597 million in kickbacks and commissions from the Priority Development Assistance Funds (PDAF) of senators and congressmen from 2007 to 2009. Senator Jinggoy Estrada called the twin announcements a “very well synchronized April Fool’s Day operation.” He added he is ready to face all charges.

Read more of the story on the following links:

Napoles, 3 Senators Indicted for Plunder

Guingona: File Plunder case vs Enrile, Estrada and Revilla

Jinggoy: Plunder case April Fools’ Operation

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