BACOLOD - The Department of Justice (DOJ) is now finalizing the third batch of cases in the pork barrel scam, but Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said she is not yet to ready to name the respondents.
De Lima said the DOJ is working on the cases together with the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) special task force, pork scam key whistleblower Benhur Luy, and other whistleblowers.
She said she cannot name names until the cases are filed before the Office of the Ombudsman.
According to de Lima, there was nothing wrong in the Ombudsman's move to amend the information in the plunder cases it filed against the three senators --Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr., Jinggoy Estrada, and Juan Ponce Enrile -- in connection with the pork barrel scam.
She maintained there is sufficient evidence on the cases, and the only reason why the Ombudsman amended the information was to make it clearer.
Nonetheless, the Ombudsman on Friday withdrew its motion to amend the plunder complaint against Estrada after the Sandiganbayan Fifth Division warned it could lead to the release of the accused from detention.
The anti-graft court's First Division, on the other hand, on Thursday dismissed the prosecutors' move to amend the information they filed against Revilla.
Meanwhile, the justice chief confirmed that there is a severe lack of prosecutors in the provinces, especially in the Visayas and Mindanao.
De Lima was in Bacolod on Friday as guest speaker in the joint induction ceremonies of three local Rotary Clubs: Bacolod East, Bacolod West, and Bacolod Central.