Napoles let staff withdraw P25M under NGO’s name

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Businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles, alleged pork barrel scam mastermind, signed documents authorizing her employees-turned-whistleblowers to withdraw at least P25 million under the name of her non-government organization (NGO) linked to the alleged looting of lawmakers’ Priority Development Assistance Fund or PDAF.

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Based on Land Bank of the Philippines documents that reporters obtained on Thursday at the sidelines of a bail hearing of Sen. Ramon Revilla Jr., Napoles signed three withdrawal slips amounting to P5 million, P5 million and P15 million, respectively, under the NGO Social Development Program for Farmers Foundation Inc. (SDPFFI).

The first two withdrawal slips amounting to P5 million each and dated January 16, 2008, showed that Napoles gave the go-signal to Marina Sula to get the money.

The third withdrawal slip for P15 million was dated February 21, 2008, and named Merlina Suñas as the authorized person to withdraw the amount.

Napoles is facing plunder charges in connection with the P10-billion pork barrel racket  that saw her NGOs allegedly implementing PDAF-funded projects for huge commissions from the legislators.

The businesswoman is one of Revilla’s co-accused in the plunder raps.
Benhur Luy, principal whistleblower in the scam, was the president of the SDPFFI owned by Napoles.

Sula was former head of the NGO Masaganang Ani para sa Magsasaka Foundation and Sunas was also former leader of another NGO, People’s Organization for Progress and Development Foundation.

The organizations were also owned by Napoles.

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