MANILA – Senator Juan Ponce Enrile’s former chief of staff Jessica Lucila “Gigi” Reyes may be held ‘principally liable’ for his alleged P172-million commissions from P10-billion pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles’ bogus foundations’ ghost programs and projects.
With Enrile’s request for a bill of particulars, which will be handed over by the Sandiganbayan anytime soon, Reyes could be held responsible for Enrile’s purported misappropriation of his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) allocations.
In law, a bill of particulars is a ‘detailed, formal and written statement of charges or claims given upon a formal request to the court for more detailed information.’
Napoles’ scam whistle-blowers’ former lawyer Levito Baligod said in a Philippine Daily Inquirer report that if Reyes would not speak soon, she may be presumed as the ‘ultimate recipient’ of Enrile’s alleged kickbacks.
“Enrile’s motion for a bill of particulars intends to highlight the fact that Reyes will be made principally liable for the plunder case because allegations point to her as the recipient of the kickbacks amounting to plunder level,” Baligod said in the report.
“If Reyes will keep silent on this point, she will be presumed to be the ultimate recipient of the kickbacks, hence the mastermind, and everybody else, including Enrile, maybe considered mere accomplices,” he added.
Moreover, Enrile earlier admitted allowing Reyes to handle his PDAF allocations on his behalf. The 91-year-old senator also denied signing some liquidation documents.
Enrile’s plunder case remained on trial. Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla, who were also linked to the multi-billion pork barrel scam, had pending bail petitions.