The Court of Appeals has issued a freeze order on all the bank accounts of businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles, the alleged brains behind the P10 billion pork barrel scam.
According to ABS-CBN’s Ina Reformina, the Court of Appeals ordered a 6-month freeze on all bank accounts of Napoles, members of her family, other relatives, the staff of her JLN Corp and her other companies, and accounts associated with all the non government organizations (NGOs) that she formed.
The application for the freeze order was carried out by the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) in behalf of the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC).
Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Leila de Lima has confirmed the freeze order.
On Friday morning, Napoles’ lawyers filed a petition to stop her arrest. They also asked the appellate court to nullify the resolution of the DOJ that indicted Napoles and her brother Reynald Lim for serious illegal detention of pork barrel scam whistleblower Benhur Luy last December.
On Wednesday, a Makati City court ordered the arrest of Napoles and her brother. The whereabouts of Napoles are still unknown after the arrest warrant was issued. The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is conducting a natiowide manhunt for the businesswoman.
Atty. Lorna Kapunan, the legal counsel of Napoles, admitted that she last saw her client Wednesday morning.
According to Luy, lawmakers' pork barrel funds were funneled to bogus non government organizations set up by Napoles that delivered ghost projects.