The Department of Foreign Affairs has canceled the passport of Janet Lim-Napoles, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said Saturday.
In a statement, De Lima said the DFA on Friday night canceled Napoles’ passport upon the request of the National Prosecution Service.
“DFA issued last night the corresponding Foreign Service Circular addressed to its Foreign Service Posts and Regional Consular Offices all over the country. The DFA also sent a letter to the Bureau of Immigration, regarding such cancellation of passport,” she added.
In early August, the Justice Department issued a lookout bulletin order against Napoles and her brother, Reynald Lim, in connection with the alleged P10-billion pork barrel scam, spanning 10 years.
Lawmakers’ Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), commonly known as pork barrel, had allegedly been funneled to JLN Corp. owned by Napoles and distributed the money to bogus non-government organizations.
For its part, DFA spokesman Raul Hernandez said the department received last Friday the DOJ’s request to revoke the passports of Napoles and her brother Reynald Lim – both implicated in the alleged illegal detention of the whistleblower in the supposed pork barrel anomaly.
By Chiara Zambrano, ABS-CBN News
MANILA – Monsignor Josefino Ramirez on Saturday explained his continued relationship with the family of Janet Napoles.
Ramirez is one of the members of the Catholic Church who allegedly received money and benefits from Napoles, according to the whistleblowers of the pork barrel and Malampaya fund scam.
Documents secured by ABS-CBN and testimonies from the whistleblowers of the pork barrel and Malampaya fund scam show that the controversy involving Napoles seems to have spread beyond politicians and into the turf of the Catholic Church.
In the joint affidavit submitted to the National Bureau of Investigation, the whistleblowers said Ramirez receives a monthly stipend, allegedly from the account of Napoles herself.
As an example, they enumerated several checks that amounted to P150,000 pesos each.
ABS-CBN sources said that Ramirez now lives at a property also allegedly owned by Napoles.
A male house helper also confirmed this.But the whistleblowers also mentioned in the joint affidavit that Ramirez makes it possible for the image of the Black Nazarene to be brought to the home of Napoles, where they will then hear mass.
By Nancy C. Carvajal  (Philippine Daily Inquirer) FILE PHOTO
MANILA, Philippines—Fugitive businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles purchased P184,985 worth of Philippine Airlines tickets and made transactions through her credit card traced to the Discovery Suites in the Ortigas district in Pasig  Saturday morning, according to the National Bureau of Investigation.
Information received by the NBI from an informant at the credit card company said Napoles used her credit card to purchase PAL tickets worth P74,567.87 and PAL Express Eco in Pasay City P44,510, and  PAL – Pasay P65,907.54. The informant said some of the tickets could be for international travel.
“The purchases for PAL tickets using Napoles credit card were done on line,” the informant said.
The informant also said that another transaction for P1,540 was paid to Airphil Insurance  at the PAL office in the Charter building in Makati City.
The informant also said that a transaction detail showed that the same credit card of Napoles was used to pay a Discovery Suites bill for P27,165.78., also Saturday morning.The transaction detail according to the informant showed the credit line was declined twice, before it was finally approved.
The informant, who claimed she wanted to help in the arrest of Napoles, requested not to identify the credit card’s issuer bank.
The credit card detail also showed that another transaction for P32, 000 to pay the hotel was also declined, also on Saturday morning.
“Due to the system decline, the informant called up Napoles and claimed she talked to her,” the NBI source said.
The informant said she personally talked to Napoles at 9 a.m. Saturday after the last transaction for the Discovery Suites was declined by the system.
The informant said she called up Napoles listed number in the credit card company’s  records to verify several earlier transactions.
The informant said that based on credit card records Napoles was at the hotel on August 7, 8, and 11, few days before a warrant for her arrest was issued by a Makati City Court.
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