Militant group asks De Lima to assure Lim-Napoles won’t leave PH

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Janet Lim-Napoles. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The Partido Lakas ng Masa on Thursday called on Justice Secretary Leila De Lima to make sure that Janet Lim-Napoles cannot leave the country following the controversy surrounding the P10-billion pork barrel where they were allegedly involved.

Sonny Melencio, PLM chairperson during a protest rally at the Department of Justice (DoJ), said Napoles should be held liable for dipping her hands into the government’s coffers.

They also called for an investigation on allegations that Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa whose law firm has allegedly represented Napoles and the Liberal Party received P100-million from her.

“Ochoa and the Liberal Party have to disclose the kind of connections they have with Napoles. A disclosure is relevant in order to allay the public’s fear of possible whitewash in the investigation by Malacanang or the ruling party,” Melencio said.

The group also reiterated their call for the abolition of the pork barrel which, they said has been a source of graft and corruption.

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