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Napoles, not ‘Maring,’ still top in netizens’ mind

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MANILA, Philippines—She may be out of sight but even in the midst of the disastrous floods sweeping Metro Manila, businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles seems to be very much in the thoughts of Internet users.

“I wonder if #Napoles used some of her billions for cloud-seeding. The weather calamities are effective diversions from the #porkbarrelscam,” Karen Jimeno, a defense lawyer in the impeachment case against former Chief Justice Renato Corona, said in her Twitter account.

User @XedAmora posted in Filipino in his Twitter acount: “Janet Napoles, show yourself up now! You are the one that #MaringPH is looking for.”

Napoles, alleged mastermind of a P10-billion pork barrel scam, has been the target of a government manhunt since last week.

She and her brother Reynald “Jojo” Lim are wanted by the National Bureau of Investigation and the police in connection with the illegal detention of Napoles’ cousin and scam whistle-blower Benhur Luy Napoles.

‘No escape’

“Bad news: Runway at Naia flooded. Good news: No escape now for Napoles,” user @caveattt tweeted.

“Napoles has bought even a typhoon haha,” Twitter user Pocholo Magpayo said also in Filipino.

User Emil Karlo Dela Cruz posted in his Facebook account: “Times like these, I am beginning to think: I wonder how many rescue boats, evacuation centers, emergency supplies, relief goods can be bought by Napoles’ PhP 10-B?”

“If Napoles donates all of what she ‘supposedly’ stole and help out or spearhead a relief operation, will she be forgiven?” Twitter user Aldo Tong wondered.

Typhoon Napoles next

“Janet Lim-Napoles, are your NGOs helping the victims of Storm Maring?” user @tristanabantao asked.

User @jomskiii posted: “Typhoon Napoles is next. After all, you are a big DEPRESSION eh.”

Netizen @miaaLmiraaa used her imagination: “At least, there’s flooding in Napoles’ house” [in Magallanes village, Makati City].

It was not clear if she meant that Napoles’ house was flooded with money or with rainwater brought by the storm.

Repent

A legislator in Valenzuela City tweeted lawmakers and others linked to the pork barrel scam to come clean.

Valenzuela Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian said on Twitter that the floods “may be your punishment for the pork barrel scam. Time for you to repent.”  The message was retweeted 30 times.

Asked by the Inquirer about the tweet, Gatchalian said it was made in jest amid the troubles facing the country.

Gatchalian also said: “I remembered how some people blamed the ‘habagat’ rains last year on the Reproductive Health bill that was passed into law. So this tweet sort of follows that logic, which is to blame the heavy rains and floods on these big issues.”

Kidding aside, Gatchalian said he was not involved in the scam and urged Napoles “to come out and tell the truth. Do the country a favor, come out and do it for the sake of the nation.”

Temporary shelters

Meanwhile, the Diocese of Caloocan took to Facebook to criticize people who seemed to enjoy the floods.

The diocese posted this in Filipino: “To those who are still praying or wishing for more rain so that classes will be suspended tomorrow, maybe you could just pray for the rain to stop. If you don’t want to go to school, just be absent.”

A lawyer for the party-list group Sanlakas suggested one way of helping the victims of the storm—allow them to occupy Napoles’ 28 mansions as temporary shelters.

In a phone interview, lawyer Argee Guevarra urged local government units (LGUs) to “expropriate Napoles’ mansions and use them as evacuation centers.”

He said the LGUs could exercise police powers during an emergency.

“In the same manner that the state can temporarily dispossess citizens of their property rights through mandatory evacuation, LGUs can designate these mansions as temporary evacuation centers,” he said.

The Inquirer has learned that Napoles owns 28 homes and condominium units in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.—With a report from Christine O. Avendaño


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  • GProf007

    For me it’s not simply getting Napoles… but rather:

    1. The complete investigation of the use of the PDAF, where each and every project went to.
    2. The comparison of the PDAF usage versus lifestyle check of each and every Congressman and Senator (to see if yumaman ang mga eto dahil sa PDAF or indirectly due to the awarding of the PDAF towards an NGO or anywhere else).
    3. The filing of cases not only against Napoles but those Congressmen and Senators who benefited in this scandal, siguro para matigil na din ang pagtakbo nila at mabawasan ang political dynasties dito sa atin.
    4. The abolition of the PDAF and transfer to other agencies and local government units (LGUs).
    5. The creation of stricter implementing rules and guidelines as well as tracking of the disbursement of the budget allotted to the agencies and LGUs (para hindi na maulit eto)… guidelines should include the verification of NGOs and other groups (humirit kasi si Sen. Estrada na hindi nila trabaho mag check pa kung totoo yung pupuntahan ng pera ng bayan).
    6. Annual comparison (audit) of the use of the funds versus agencies and LGUs as well as lifestyle checks.

    • juan de la cruz

      estrada just show his stupidity, totally useless. it only shows like father like son.

      when a kid ask for a money from their parents, parents would ask in return on their kids a simple questions “why do you need a money? how much does it cost? is it important?”

      and these estrada never even bother to know whom he is giving the pork barrel fund? is he pocketing the whole fund for himself?

      name & shame the corrupt! have their names and pictures be posted in front of their children’s schools, in their offices! shame them out!
      time to give them the anti corruption lesson 101.

  • tyopaeng

    Ang pasimuno kasi nito ay si Aling Gloria…. para di ma IMPEACH…unli ang PDAF ng mga lintik na mga HORRIBLE CORRUPT TONGRESSMEN & WOMEN!!!

    • xxxriainxxx

      Nag umpisa ang Pork Barrel kay Corazon Aquino under the name Countrywide Development Fund. FYI.

  • reynold cabebe

    sana mabawi mga ninakaw nya..kahit kalahati man lang..waaaaaahhhh!!!

  • tangnaunlimited

    sino makakalimot….masyado kaming naapi….

  • w33k3nd3r

    Don’t think that we are the same Filipinos two decades back then when public documents and social media was scarce for everyone to recollect. We know the root of the problem here and we also know that it is logical that nature cannot be controlled but those within jurisdiction and justice can be.

  • mabyrik

    This Napoles issue will not die down until after PDAF is scrapped. And on the contrary, the more the name “Napoles” will be repeated over and over if Pnoy maintains his stubbornness. Unfortunately for Pnoy, if he won’t scrap PDAF, the name Napoles will be cited side by side with Pnoy. That’s how it is going to be for years to come, and woe to whoever Pnoy will endorse, he will kiss his ambition goodbye.

    • koolkid_inthehouse

      KEEP IT BURNING

      • themask celestial

        Be vigilant



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