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.
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