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    42 counts of graft filed vs 3 Philippine senators

    FORTY-TWO counts of graft were filed Monday by the Office of the Ombudsman at the Sandiganbayan (graft court) against three embattled Philippine senators, scam queen Janet Lim Napoles, two of her children, government officials and private persons.
    The cases were filed in connection with alleged fraudulent transactions involving a total of P1.14 billion pork barrel funds from 2004 to 2010.
    Slapped with fresh charges were Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Ramon “Bong” Revilla and Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada who had been charged with plunder along with Napoles.
    Napoles was charged in all 42 counts with a recommended bail of P30,000 for each case or a total of Php1.26 million.
    She will remain in detention even if she posts bail because of a non-bailable criminal charge filed by her former staff, Benhur Luy, which is now pending before the Makati Regional Trial Court.
    Also facing the same number of charges is Budget Undersecretary Mario Relampagos for allegedly facilitating the release of funds.
    Enrile is facing 15 graft charges along with his former chief of staff Jessica Lucila “Gigi” Reyes for allegedly mishandling pork barrel funds totaling P345 million released by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).
    Among those named co-accused in these cases were Napoles’ daughter Jo Christine and son James Christopher.
    Revilla and his staff Richard Cambe were named in 16 counts over alleged irregularities in the disbursement of the lawmaker’s P517 million PDAF.
    Estrada and staff Pauline Therese Mary Labayen were indicted in 11 graft charges for questioned transactions on his PDAF in the sum of P278 million.
    Also named in the multiple graft charges were National Agribusiness Corporation (Nabcor) former president Alan Javellana and Technology Resource Center former director generals Dennis Cunanan and Antonio Ortiz.
    Court informants said the plunder and graft charges relative to the PDAF scam will be raffled to different Sandiganbayan divisions this Friday, based on the regular schedule of the graft court.
    Under the rules, prosecutors may file a motion for the consolidation of all cases under one division if they can prove that there is commonality of evidence, transactions and circumstances.
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