Senate Blue Ribbon Committee Chairman Richard Gordon wants hold departure orders (HDO) issued against the personalities charged by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for the P8.7-billion Road Right of Way (RRoW) scam in General Santos City.
Gordon also said the ongoing Senate Blue Ribbon Committee inquiry into the RRoW scam has yielded more than enough evidence to charge and arrest those implicated in the anomaly.
They are led by Nelson Ti, tagged as the alleged financier of the syndicate behind the scam.
A close friend of Eldon Cruz, former President Aquino’s brother-in-law, Ti was among the 46 individuals charged by the NBI.
Apart from Ti, others charged were Wilma Mamburao, Chino Mamburao, William Uy, a certain Mr. Pampanga of the Registry of Deeds and Ser John Pastrana of the Land Registration Authority-Micrographics and Computer Division.
“Aren’t you going to apply for a warrant of arrest because you now have enough evidence that they might leave? They don’t appear here. They flout the law,” Gordon told the NBI.
“Therefore, you should ask for a hold departure order,” he added.
Gordon earlier had told Daily Tribune that former LRA Administrator Eulalio Diaz, a classmate of Aquino at Ateneo, is liable for allegedly not acting accordingly on the questioned titles of the nine parcels of land covered by the RRoW project in General Santos City.
A native of General Santos City, Sen. Manny Pacquiao, chair of the Senate committee on public works which is jointly conducting the inquiry, echoed Gordon’s pronouncement, saying: “I think we have enough evidence to file charges and arrest these people.”
Pacquiao told Daily Tribune the names used in claiming P255.55 million were non-existent.
NBI Regional Director for the National Capital Region (NCR) Cesar Bacani said arrest warrants are forthcoming.
The NBI said it will consult its legal office if a case could be filed against Diaz.
Gordon also instructed the NBI and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to produce all those charged during the next hearing on 20 November.
“In the next hearing, I want to see these people arrested. I will write the Ombudsman and give it partial report of our findings,” Gordon said.
“We will write the DoJ (Department of Justice) and the Ombudsman so that they can be arrested,” he added.
The NBI intensified manhunt operations against Ti but yielded negative results.
The Mamburaos and Pampanga, meanwhile, are reportedly suffering from serious illnesses.