Jo Christine Napoles, daughter of controversial businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles, ditched her congressional bid goodbye by resigning from overseas Filipino workers Family (OFW) party-list group, which occupies two seats in Congress.
Rep. Roy Señeres of OFW Family party-list, first nominee of the group, made the revelation on Thursday in light of the unrelenting attacks on the Napoles family over allegations that their bogus non-government organizations benefited from the P10-billion Priority Development Assistance Fund scam during the last decade.
“She decided to quit her post so as not to be dragged on the issue,” Señeres, a former Philippine Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates said.
The younger Napoles is erstwhile poised to make an entry in Congress because the OFW Family party-list has lodged a complaint against their estranged member, Rep. Johnny Revilla, for being an American citizen and is thus is ineligible to be a Philippine representative.
Revilla, who is also an actor, is the second nominee of the party-list group. Señeres has earlier disclosed that as an OFW Family Club member, Jo Christine financed tickets for repatriation of distressed Overseas OFWs and campaigned for the OFW Family party-list’s election in Congress.
The former envoy, however, denied any involvement of Janet in OFW Family’s affairs.
“She [Janet] has not donated to our campaign, not even a single centavo. I did not solicit from her, and she did not give me any money. If she offered to give me money during the campaign, I might have considered accepting it, but there was not even an offer,” Señeres said then.
Earlier, Rep. Elpidio Barzaga of Cavite called for the freezing of the Napoles’ assets pending the investigation of the National Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice of Napoles’ family’s involvement in the P10-billion PDAF scam.