10 'pork scammers' have left the country?

By Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 19 2014 05:48 PM | Updated as of Jun 20 2014 01:48 AM

MANILA - The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is verifying exit records of several accused in the "pork barrel" scam cases pending before the Sandiganbayan after it was found that "similar names" are out of the country.

Less than 10 "similar names" out of the 54 accused for the multi-billion peso scam exited the country prior to the issuance of hold departure orders (HDOs) but these have to be verified, according to Immigration Commissioner Sigfried Mison.

Mison said the BI will coordinate with the Sandiganbayan to obtain the complete names and birthdates of those covered by the HDOs so that the departures may be verified with the BI database as that of any of the accused.

Justice Secretary Leila De Lima, who summoned Mison on Thursday, said the BI is expected to complete its verification on Friday, the soonest.