The Supreme Court yesterday affirmed the indictment of businesswoman and alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles, her driver John Raymond de Asis, former Technology Resource Center head Antonio Ortiz and former National Agri-Business Corporation’s head Alan Javellana for malversation and graft in connection with the multi-billion-peso pork barrel scam.
In separate en banc resolutions, the SC dismissed the petition for certiorari filed by Napoles challenging the Ombudsman’s finding of probable cause dated September 26, 2014 and a joint order dated November 26, 2014 finding probable cause to indict her with three counts of graft, malversation of public funds and corruption of public officers in connection with the anomalous disbursements of the Priority Development Assistance Fund of former Congressman Constantino Jaraula for 2004-2007 amounting to P50,500,000.
In the second resolution, the en banc said it found probable cause to charge Napoles, De Asis and Javellana with graft, malversation of public funds and corruption of public officers in connection with the anomalous disbursements of the PDAF of former Congressman Samuel Dangwa for 2004-2007 amounting to P54 million.
The SC also dismissed the petition for certiorari of Ortiz and Javellana against the Ombudsman’s resolutions and joint orders, the National Bureau of Investigation and lawyer Levito Baligod.
The assailed issuances earlier found probable cause against petitioners for several counts of graft arising from the disbursements of the PDAF of accused senators Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., Jinggoy Ejercito and Juan Ponce Enrile for 2006-2010, 2004-2010 and 2004 to 2012, respectively.
“In all three items above, the court found no grave abuse of discretion on the part of the Ombudsman in finding probable cause to indict petitioners. The court deferred to the findings of the Ombudsman in the absence of grave abuse of discretion,” SC spokesman Theodore Te said in a press briefing yesterday after the en banc.