MANILA – Both the long-time aide and alleged bagman of Vice President Jejomar Binay are no longer in the Philippines, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV claimed Saturday.
Trillanes said he received information that Eduviges"Ebeng" Baloloy and Gerardo Limlingan have left the Philippines.
''Base sa ating impormasyon eh nakalabas na ng bansa. Mayroon tayong leads kung saan nila dinala,'' Trillanes told dzMM.
''Iyun ang ating impormasyon, so lahat ng pwedeng leads eh tinututukan, may mga tracking teams na itinalaga."
Trillanes, however, refused to reveal where the alleged Binay dummies went.
''Hindi muna natin sasabihin ngayon at baka makalipat pa,'' he said.
The senator said the movements of Limlingan and Baloloy will be restricted once charges are filed against them.
''Hinahanap sila ngayon at eventually kung makakasuhan sa Sandiganbayan, liliit na ang mundo nila kapag na-cancel na ang passport niyan,'' he said.
Trillanes also dared Binay to present Baloloy and Limlingan to the public if he is claiming that he is innocent of the corruption allegations made against him.
Binay earlier said that he has not been in contact with Limlingan.
ABS-CBN News is trying to reach the Bureau of Immigration, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, and Limlingan's lawyer, Grace Reyes, for comment regarding Trillanes' claim, as of posting time.
Documents earlier submitted by the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) to the Court of Appeals reveal that Binay had several joint accounts with Limlingan.
Binay's daughter, Makati Rep. Abigail Binay, had said these accounts were set up to manage her father's campaign funds.
Limlingan has been tagged by Binay's friend turned nemesis, former Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado, as the vice-president's alleged bagman.
Mercado claimed in previous Senate hearings that Limlingan often accepted Binay's "kickbacks" from allegedly overpriced Makati projects.
Court records show that Limlingan reported his income of P30,000 in 2011 and 2012, but the AMLC’s report on his bank deposits and investments show billions of pesos worth of transactions.
Baloloy, on the other hand, was Binay's long-time secretary and held the post of executive assistant in the Makati City government. She had a monthly salary of around P22,000 in 2006 which rose to nearly P60,000 in 2013. The AMLC found she had multi-million peso transactions either individually or jointly with Limlingan.
Records show Limlingan and Baloloy's accounts had about P1.8 billion deposits and investments in several financial institutions.
The AMLC said when the Senate started investigating the Makati City Hall Building II, Limlingan, Baloloy and other alleged dummies began to withdraw huge amounts of cash and sell invested funds and securities.
More than P3 billion worth of deposits and investments were allegedly either withdrawn, encashed or sold starting August 2014 by Limlingan and Baloloy.