MANILA, Philippines – The Ombudsman filed before the Sandiganbayan on Monday, August 12, criminal charges against a senior prosecutor of the Department of Justice (DOJ) who was caught attempting to extort from airline employees. In an 8-page resolution, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales found probable cause to indict Assistant State Prosecutor III Diosdado Bernales Solidum Jr after he was caught extorting P2.5 million from members of
Ninety-seven mayors of cities and towns in Luzon ravaged by Tropical Storm “Ondoy” and Typhoon “Pepeng” in 2009 supposedly received P900 million in Malampaya gas funds through bogus nongovernment organizations (NGOs) allegedly formed by businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles. Documents obtained by the Inquirer show that the funds were released through the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), the agency designated to support the rehabilitation of agrarian communities damaged by the two storms.
Napoles is the alleged mastermind in the P10 billion pork barrel scam.
Benjie Villamor of the Bureau of Immigration's intelligence unit said that the siblings’ posters have been placed on immigration counters nationwide with a directive to all officers to prevent the two from leaving the country. "Nag-issue kasi ng 'lookout' bulletin ang Department of Justice. So, they will be referred to the [BI] commissioner. We will have to wait for the commissioner's decision whether to let them leave the country," Villamor said. He said that the posters include information on the siblings' including their passports' numbers and dates of birth. The DOJ issued the "lookout" bulletin on the siblings as the government starts its investigation into the seven bogus non-government organizations allegedly controlled by Napoles as part of the pork barrel scam.