MANILA - The Office of the Ombudsman on Friday formally filed before the Sandiganbayan plunder charges against three senators and several individuals linked to the P10 billion pork barrel scam.
Facing plunder raps before the Sandiganbayan are Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada, Bong Revilla, Janet Lim Napoles, Jessica Reyes, Ronald John Lim, John Raymund de Asis, Pauline Labayen, John de Asis and Richard Cambe.
Personnel from the Office of the Ombudsman arrived at the Sandiganbayan past 3 p.m., bringing "reams of documents" on the pork barrel cases.
A radio DZMM report said the Judicial and Records Division will give a docket number to the complaints and a raffle held as to which division of the anti-graft court will receive the cases.
The assigned division of the Sandiganbayan will then study the complaints for up to 10 days before deciding if arrest warrants will be issued.
Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales earlier found probable cause to file charges against the three senators, bureaucrats and agents for operating under an alleged modus operandi where they “repeatedly received sums of money from [businesswoman Janet Napoles]…” that took place for a number of years.
It is the first time that Philippine senators are facing serious charges. Plunder is a non-bailable crime.
A Commission on Audit report has said lawmakers funneled at least P2 billion of taxpayers' money to non-government organizations set up by alleged pork barrel scam architect Janet Lim Napoles.
Assistant Ombudsman Asryman Rafanan earlier said the amounts "amassed or misappropriated" are: Enrile with P345 million, Revilla with P517 million, and Jinggoy with P278 million.
Of these amounts, Enrile allegedly plundered P172 million; Revilla, P242 million; and Estrada, P183 million.