The passport of businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles, the alleged mastermind of the P10-billion pork barrel scam, has been cancelled, the Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed Saturday.
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said the legal basis for the cancellation of Napoles’ passport is Section 8 of the Philippine Passport Act of 1996.
The section lists the ground for the denial, cancellation or restriction of a Philippine passport, including “when a holder is a fugitive from justice.”
On Thursday, De Lima officially declared Napoles a fugitive after the National Bureau of Investigation failed to serve a warrant for her arrest on serious illegal detention charges filed against her by Benhur Luy, the pork barrel scam whistleblower.
Luy accused Napoles and her brother, Reynald Lim, of forcibly keeping him in a condominium unit in Taguig City from December last year until he was rescued by the NBI in March.