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.
MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines on Wednesday deported a Dutch activist who attended an international conference on human rights and peace in Quezon City and participated in a protest demonstration marking President Aquino’s State of the Nation Address last month.
The day before, immigration agents prevented Thomas van Beersum, who was already at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, from leaving the country. They detained him for 30 hours only to present him with a deportation order that said he was being penalized for violating the terms of his tourist visa by “overstaying” and “for engaging in partisan political activity.”