Manila RTC issues asset freeze order vs Napoles family

By Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 03 2014 03:26 PM | Updated as of Apr 04 2014 06:01 AM

MANILA (UPDATED) - The Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) has issued an Asset Preservation Order (APO) on the bank accounts, money instruments, motor vehicles, real properties and other assets of Janet Lim Napoles, members of her family, several whistleblowers in the pork barrel scam, and others.

The APO indefinitely extends the 20-day Provisional Asset Preservation Order (PAPO) issued by the court last February 26.
The APO indefinitely prohibits the "transaction, transfer, removal, conversion, concealment or other disposition" of the accounts, assets and properties subject of a petition for forfeiture of assets filed by the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC).

The 35-page APO, which was issued by Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) Executive Judge Marino Dela Cruz on March 25, will remain in effect until the trial court resolves the forfeiture proceedings.

Napoles faces plunder and graft charges before the Office of the Ombudsman, along with several lawmakers and other public officials, and private individuals, in connection with the pork barrel scam.

The following are covered by the PAPO which was issued by the trial court last February 26:

Janet Lim Napoles;
her husband, Jaime;

their children:
Jo Christine;
James Christopher;
Jeane Catherine;
Jane Catherine;
John Christian;

and, Napoles' brother Reynald Lim, also her co-accused in the serious illegal detention case pending before a Makati trial court.

Also covered are Benhur Luy, Arthur Luy, and Gertrudes Luy, as well as other personalities tagged in the pork barrel scam such as Energy Regulatory Commission chairperson Zenaida Ducut and several non-government organizations.