• FilAm community vows to block sale of Napoles’ assets in US

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    The Washington-based Migrant Heritage Commission (MHC) is taking the cudgels for Filipino-American community in blocking the sale of the assets owned by Jeane Napoles, daughter of alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Napoles, in the United States.

    In an e-mail to the Philippines News Agency Wednesday, lawyer Arnedo Valera, MHC co-director, said that Filipino-American leaders would vehemently block the sale of the luxury condominium unit at the high-rise Ritz Carlton in Los Angeles reportedly owned by Jeane Napoles, who is studying in America. Valera said there are suspicions that the condominium was acquired using ill-gotten money.

    He said the sale must be stopped because it was likely acquired with the use of “tainted money,” noting that Jeane is a full-time student with no known source of income of her own.

    Valera said it was the Balitang America that first reported about the sale of the Los Angeles condominium.

    American realty websites listed the 1,500-square feet condo unit with two bedrooms and two bathrooms with a selling price of US$ 1.475 million.

    It was purchased for US$ 1.28 million in 2011. Valera said FilAms should work together to unmask all properties owned by Napoles in America which were bought using Filipino taxpayers money.

    He also called for the “total abolition” of the pork barrel because “it is the breeding ground for corruption and plunder.”

    Valera said the Napoles family is believed to own at least three other real estate properties in Southern California. These include the Anaheim Express Inn valued at about $ 7 million, a $ 1.4 million home in the affluent Canyon View gated community in Irvine and a commercial property in the City of Covina.PNA

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