DFA cancels passports of Napoles, brother

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Janet Lim-Napoles
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MANILA, 17Aug2013 (PNA) – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has cancelled the passports of businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles and her brother, Reynald Lim, after the Department of Justice (DOJ) declared them as fugitives from justice.

Foreign Affairs spokesman Raul Hernandez said the department received on Friday the DOJ’s request to revoke the passports of Napoles and Lim – who are both implicated in the P10-billion scam involving the pork barrel of several lawmakers.

The siblings went missing after a warrant of arrest was issued against them on Wednesday.

“On that basis and pursuant to Sec. 8.b.1 of the Passport Law, DFA issued a circular to all Foreign Service Posts and Regional Consular Offices and notified also Bureau of Immigration on cancellation of their passports last night,” Foreign Affairs spokesman Raul Hernandez said in a text message on Saturday.

Napoles’ cousin turned whistleblower, Benhur Luy, accused her of moving huge sums from the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel of several senators and congressmen to her own accounts and the bank accounts of some legislators through various bogus foundations.

Napoles has denied the accusation, saying she acquired her wealth through her trading company and a legitimate coal business in Indonesia.

The Court of Appeals recently issued a freeze order on Napoles’s assets. (PNA)

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