Palace vows to recover stolen ‘pork’

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Malacañang on Wednesday assured the public that the government is determined to recover the unexplained wealth or illegally obtained assets of “everybody” involved in the pork barrel scam including businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles.

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The government will continue to pursue the recovery of ill-gotten wealth regardless of who the culprits are, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in a news conference.

He was reacting to a statement made by Presidential Commission on Good Government Chairman Andres Bautista that reclaiming stolen money and property from a private individual is more challenging than recovering the loot of a crooked government official.

But Coloma said the government will do its best to recover the stolen public funds.

According to witnesses, Napoles deposited millions of dollars in US banks and has made huge investments in US property.

In the records of key whistleblower Benhur Luy alone, Napoles’ dollar remittances ranged from $30,000 to $100,000 almost every week in 2011.

In April, the Manila Regional Trial Court imposed an asset preservation order against Napoles, her husband and three children as well as against her immediate kin stemming from a forfeiture case filed by the Anti-Money Laundering Council.

The Court of Appeals also ordered the family’s bank accounts frozen in August 2013.

Napoles had denied being the mastermind of the multibillion-peso scam involving lawmakers’ priority development assistance fund (PDAF) or pork barrel, saying she is just an “ordinary businesswoman” who became a “victim” of the system.

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  1. Alfred Salon on

    News Report in April said that the Manila Regional Trial Court imposed an asset preservation order against Napoles, her husband and three children as well as against her immediate kin stemming from a forfeiture case filed by the Anti-Money Laundering Council.
    The Court of Appeals also ordered the family’s bank accounts frozen in August 2013. However, a separate report said that Napoles and Family withdrawn about 40 Million Pesos from their Savings Account to include her cohorts withdrawal from their respective Savings Account too immediately after their frozen accounts ends.

    Secretary Coloma said the government will continue to pursue the recovery of ill-gotten wealth regardless of who the culprits are in a news conference. Why say so that Mrs Napoles and her Cohorts were allowed to withdraw money from their respective Savings Account despite their Bank Accounts were frozen since August 2013. Ubos na ang pera nila ano pa ba ang i recover ng government. Sabi ng Banko, Bank Secrecy Law, paano nila sasabihin ang totoo pati sila ay kasabwat. Kawawang taong bayan, palaging umaasa, pero wala naman palang mapapala.

  2. Hoy Coloma, mga ka KKK, Abad, at si hari ng Pork. paano pa ninyo mababawi
    yang bilyones na pera ng bayan na pinansuhol sa mga tulisang tongresmen
    at Senatong. Alam na alam naman ninyo ang modus ng mga tulisan na
    mambabatas at ni Napoles, na ibinubulsa ng mga hinayupak ang pera
    ng bayan. Hugas Kamay pa kayo na kunyari in good faith sa pagamit
    ninyo ng PDAF, DAP at yung mga kaalayado nyong mga liberal wala
    pa kayong inuusig tulad ni ABAD, Alcala, Banal, Umali, Tupaz Pork Drillon etc
    wala pa kayong inuusig hanga ngayon. Huwag na tama na panluluko ninyo
    at boladas sa taong bayan.

  3. Coloma said we will do our best to recover the stolen money. In saying that they have covered themselves as we all know their best isnt very good. The way things are told tto us here if its reported correctly just shows me how incompetent everyone in power seems to be. I will show you something that truly makes a laughing stock of the philippines. Plunder is called a non bailable offence, but jpe is asking for bail, & we are told that under certain circumstances he could get it. Then it isnt a non bailable offence. So if it isnt a non bailabele offence why keep calling it that. So if you news readers want to be seen as intelligent people stop saying stupid things. A non bailable offence means just that,you cant get bail. If you can then dont call it non bailable. I could go on about other things but i just get so depressed everyday when i keep reading the stupid things in this country.

    • Here goes Palace spokesperson Sonny Coloma again, talking motherhood statements. How will you in the Palace do it Sonny? How will King of Pork PNoy do it when he is the corruptor-in-chief per Mr. Jojo Robles of the MST. He knows who among the legislators and government executives stole peoples money, how much, and he knows how much money Maam Janet Napoles stole as her commission. Do you believe that the thieves in the Senate and the Lower House will accept that they stole the money. And do you believe Naples will accept any blame for this mass corruption being done in 2011 the money of which are already laundered abroad? PNoy and you, Sonny Coloma cannot fool the people anymore.