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Napoles: Senator, former DAR chief, ex-DA Usec taught me the ropes

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In yesterday’s papers, Janet Lim-Napoles, primary suspect in the P10-billion PDAF scam, insisted that she was not the brains behind it and pointed instead to another.

Her lawyer, Bruce Rivera,  said “she is not the most guilty.” That being the case, she can qualify as a state witness, Rivera added.

Whether she is “not the most guilty” and, therefore, qualified to be a state witness, is for the Sandiganbayan to decide.

The Sandiganbyan picks from a list of possible state witnesses given by the Ombudsman.

Ironically, there may be some truth to Napoles’ statement that she was not the mastermind of the massive theft of the P10-billion Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

The “brains” are  three highly prominent government officials who had advised Napoles on the intricacies of  fund releases, according to a highly reliable source who requested anonymity.

In her signed affidavit, Napoles narrated the roles the “brains” had played in the PDAF scam, the source told The Manila Times on Thursday.

The three (a leading senator and prominent member of the Liberal Party, an Agriculture undersecretary and an erstwhile secretary of the Department of Agrarian Reform or DAR) “are my mentors. They instructed me about the procedures and taught me the process of how to undertake the PDAF cycle,” the source quoting Napoles said.

“The former DAR secretary and the current Agriculture undersecretary who is related to a senator were in constant communications with me,” Napoles added.

Some Malacañang officials were not spared either. A ranking official of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) is alleged to have taught Napoles the ropes. “[Name of DBM official] was the one who taught me how to follow the procedures at the DBM in order to expedite the releases of the funds,” said the source quoting from the Napoles affidavit.  Napoles added that she “followed up the releases” with another ranking DBM official.

Yet another Palace factotum was also mentioned in her affidavit. Wrote Napoles, “[Name of the Palace official] is one of my contacts in Malacañang and who was introduced to me by [name of a Public Relations practitioner]. We casually know each other.” She said she “talks” to the PR guy “for advice every now and then.”

Some 11 senators belonging to the administration and opposition were also implicated in the Napoles affidavit.

In that same affidavit, the jailed businesswoman recounted that she met one of the three senators indicted by the Ombudsman in a social function and that she followed up on the status of the documents with his Chief of Staff.

Napoles, according to the source, decided to come out in the open and name names when the people whom she considered friends abandoned her. She was blaming them for her having contracted  urinary tract infection (UTI), “kasi marumi ang facilities [because the facilities in Santa Rosa are dirty],” he explained. Napoles was being held at Fort Santo Domingo in Santa Rosa City, Laguna, until she underwent major surgery in a government hospital on Tuesday.

She had asked “them” for help in securing a hospital arrest for her and a transfer of venue. Both requests were denied by the courts. Napoles then decided to go public and talked to the government to reveal what she knows of the theft of the government funds, the source said.

On Thursday, former senator Panfilo ‘Ping” Lacson disclosed that in March this year, Jimmy Napoles, husband of Janet, gave him documents and a list of lawmakers who allegedly received kickbacks from ghost projects funded by PDAF. Lacson said the number of senators included in the list could constitute a quorum. With the Senate having 24 members, at least 13 are needed to make a quorum.

But Senate President Franklin Drilon cautioned against using the Napoles list to attack the chamber.

“If the list is supported by credible documentary evidence, please go ahead. Pero kung listahan lang naman, siguro naman pag-ingatan naman natin ang institusyon ng Senado [But if it’s just a mere list, I believe we should preserve the Senate as an institution],” he said in a news briefing also on Thursday.

Drilon insisted that every testimony should be backed up by evidence and that the best evidence is the document itself.

The senator also expressed confidence that his name is not on the Napoles list because, according to him, not a single centavo of his PDAF went to any questionable non-government organization (NGO).

“I wish to say once more that insofar as I am concerned, my name is not and will never be [on ] any list because I have not assigned a single peso of my PDAF to any NGO of Mrs. Janet Napoles” he said.

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  1. Nakakahiya naman si Drilon,ayaw nya ipalabas yun mga pangalan ng mga senador na invplved at masisira daw ang institution ng senado,Dapat ngang mailabas yun para malaman kung sino yun mga sumisira sa image ng senado at para malinis na din ang mga magnanakaw dyan.Kunwari pa na walang alam!Nakakahiya kayo na nagpapasasa sa yaman ng bayan at kunwari tumutulong sa mga mahihirap!

  2. John Mejorada on

    Imagine – if this scam was not exposed – all these corrupt politicians who are very happy to “SERVE THE PEOPLE” – will spend 10% or more of the money na nakuha nila through corruption to buy votes. Thanks Napoles at kunulong mo is Benhur – na expose tuloy. Tapos ito naman si Jinggoy – deny pa ng deny. Expose mo na rin kasi ang mga kasapi mo na kunwari dumidiin sa inyo ngayon. Si Drilon – sa mukha nya – makita mo kinakabahan sya.

  3. Bakit idinadaan pa sa press releases ang usapin. kung may kaukulang ebidensya para sa mga suspek, ipakulong na ang mag magnanakaw na yan!!!

  4. This is only for the legislative branch of our gov’t. What about the executive and the judiciary? There are more to come. Our gov’t officials are corrupt from top to bottom except for a few.

  5. Janet Lim-Napoles, the primary suspect in the P10-billion PDAF scam, maybe she was not the brains behind it and pointed instead to another. Yet she’s the principal dummy and allowed herself to connive to those who are corrupt politicians. And for those who are involved in P10 billion PDAF scam, mahiya naman kayo ang kakapal ng pagmumukha ninyo trying to hide what you did but in Christ all these things will be exposed such as the SINS OF LIES, CORRUPTIONS, UNSTEWARDSHIP and Disobedience.ALL ARE EQUALLY OFFENSIVE TO GOD!

    For me NAPOLES will not be given a chance to be a state witness. She was clearly committed sins therefore she has to face consequences.If she wants to reveal the truth and exposed what lies behind dapat walang kabayaran in return. SHE HAS TO TELL THE TRUTH BLACK AND WHITE para through her dapat maalis sa pwesto ang mga politicians na hindi karapat dapat na maglingkod sa ating bansa.

    Corruption is worse sin because it hardens the heart against feeling shame or guilt and hearing God’s call for obedience. And this is the time that Philippines will be on due process of cleansing …‘Dishonest scales are an abomination to the Lord.’(Proverbs 11:1) and Ephesians 4:22 says ‘that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts…

    The people of God should neither give nor take bribes. Sadly, it has become all too easy to be drawn into corruption as we have become a nation full of desperate people.

    Everyone seems to be corrupt – from our leaders to those in law and order and throughout the business community. Corruption has seeped into every corner of Philippine’s society and we, as the church, need to repent and come into God’s righteousness. Only by doing this will we be salt and light for Jesus in our country.

    Philippines has become a terribly corrupt nation. The people of God should neither give nor take bribes. Sadly, it has become all too easy to be drawn into corruption as we have become a nation full of desperate people.

    ‘Dishonest scales are an abomination to the Lord.’(Proverbs 11:1) and Ephesians 4:22 says ‘that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts…’

    It is time that Filipinoes realised that it is not alright to bribe, take bribes, to lies, to steal and be corrupt in all manner of ways. This is sin – an abomination to a holy God. Our nation strains and struggles under the weight of sin. We literally bring a curse upon ourselves. We are reaping what we are sowing!

    Every fellow countryman will know that Filipinoes runs on bribes/corruptions. Why? We are supposed to be a largely rich going nation. ‘Do not gather my soul with sinners. Nor my life with bloodthirsty men, in whose hands is a sinister scheme and whose right hand is full of bribes. But for me, I will walk in my integrity.’ (Psalm 26:9-11) We need to realise that this is not acceptable in the Lord’s eyes.

  6. Janet Lim-Napoles, the primary suspect in the P10-billion PDAF scam, maybe she was not the brains behind it and pointed instead to another. Yet she’s the principal dummy and allowed herself to connive to those who are corrupt politicians. And for those who are involved in P10 billion PDAF scam, mahiya naman kayo ang kakapal ng pagmumukha ninyo trying to hide what you did but in Christ all these things will be exposed such as the SINS OF LIES, CORRUPTIONS, UNSTEWARDSHIP and Disobedience.ALL ARE EQUALLY OFFENSIVE TO GOD!

    For me NAPOLES will not be given a chance to be a state witness. She was clearly committed sins therefore she has to face consequences.If she wants to reveal the truth and exposed what lies behind dapat walang kabayaran in return. SHE HAS TO TELL THE TRUTH BLACK AND WHITE para through her dapat maalis sa pwesto ang mga politicians na hindi karapat dapat na maglingkod sa ating bansa. Corruption is worse sin because it hardens the heart against feeling shame or guilt and hearing God’s call for obedience. And this is the time that Philippines will be on due process of cleansing …‘Dishonest scales are an abomination to the Lord.’(Proverbs 11:1) and Ephesians 4:22 says ‘that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts… The people of God should neither give nor take bribes. Sadly, it has become all too easy to be drawn into corruption as we have become a nation full of desperate people.Everyone seems to be corrupt – from our leaders to those in law and order and throughout the business community. Corruption has seeped into every corner of Philippine’s society and we, as the church, need to repent and come into God’s righteousness. Only by doing this will we be salt and light for Jesus in our country.

    Bribery & corruption – What does God say?

    Philippines has become a terribly corrupt nation. The people of God should neither give nor take bribes. Sadly, it has become all too easy to be drawn into corruption as we have become a nation full of desperate people.

    Everyone seems to be corrupt – from our leaders to those in law and order and throughout the business community. Corruption has seeped into every corner of Filipinoe’s society and we, as the church, need to repent and come into God’s righteousness. Only by doing this will we be salt and light for Jesus in our country.

    ‘Dishonest scales are an abomination to the Lord.’(Proverbs 11:1) and Ephesians 4:22 says ‘that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts…’

    It is time that Filipinoes realised that it is not alright to bribe, take bribes, to lies, to steal and be corrupt in all manner of ways. This is sin – an abomination to a holy God. Our nation strains and struggles under the weight of sin. We literally bring a curse upon ourselves. We are reaping what we are sowing!

    Every fellow countryman will know that Filipinoes runs on bribes/corruptions. Why? We are supposed to be a largely rich going nation. ‘Do not gather my soul with sinners. Nor my life with bloodthirsty men, in whose hands is a sinister scheme and whose right hand is full of bribes. But for me, I will walk in my integrity.’ (Psalm 26:9-11) We need to realise that this is not acceptable in the Lord’s eyes.

  7. Hay naku! Hindi kayo nahihiya mga Senador? Kayo pa ang naghusga kay CJ Corona na corrupt. Susmariahosep! Mas grabe pala kayo!

  8. When Pnoy became president and announced during his inauguration speech that the common ofw will no longer have to leave his/her country, my wife and i believed and come home last quarter 2010 with high hopes.

    When i read all these scams… killings and all the bad news everyday, i just want to pack my things and leave for good. If i sound unpatriotic, so be it.

  9. Nalimutan na talaga mga naghihirap na magsasaka. Silang iniluklok sa puwesto lang ang nakikinabang. Paano nila nasikmura ipakain sa kanilang pamilya ang ninakaw sa taong bayan? Siguro di na nila malasahan ang sobrang sarap ng pagkain at buhay nila. Sa mamahaling restoran at hotel sila kumakain, titikman lang tapos left over na, itatapon na sa basurahan. Ganyan di kabalanse buhay ng mga tao ngayon.

    • Wala sa isip ng mga iyan ang kapwa Filipino kunndi ang nasa isip nila ay para sa sarili lamang.

    • i agree with you, brother! once you’re in power everything is possible. In power one may think -“Never mind the shame, as long as i got money i can get off this country. by the time they search for me i’m gone.” Screw the government. It’s a sinking boat anyway. I’d rather leave it that way besides i’ll not benefit from it once it prospers”

      F—king scumbags!

  10. I hope na matapos na to at managot ang mga taong sangkot dito, para matigil na ang khirap sa Pilipinas at makauwi na ang mga OFW na ngsasakripisyo na malayo sa pamilya dahil sa kawalan ng mgandang opurtinidad sa bansa dahil sa maduming pamahalan at bulok na sistema ng gobierno…hilbis na unahin ang kapakanan ng taong bayan lalo na ang mahihirap mas naging abala sila sa pagnanakaw ng pera ng bayan..heto ang mga taong ngpapahirap sa bawat Pilipino sa bawat pamilya na dapat ay buo at may mapayapa ang buhay.

  11. Walang pupuntahan yan – lahat naman ng pinoys corrupt in one way or another – kaya walang may lakas na loob sumagupa – kakahiya kasi na anti corrupt ka pero corrupt ka din..

  12. oliver q. tuazon on

    drilon para talagang ayaw mong isapubliko ang affidavit ah, noon kapa sabi mo dati hindi na kailangang humarap,sa senado si napoles, kinakabahan kana ano?

  13. you are not on any list because as far as your concerned, you are not assigned any peso of your PDAF to any NGO of Napoles…b..ok, ganya din sinasabi ng 3 senator na kinasuhan ng ombudsman…

  14. The entire Philippine Senate should be declared vacant or abolished for the time being and each member should be held on indefinite house arrest under the probable cause of massive plunder. This is non negotiable. The Senators are now incapable of serving its mandate since their very foundation for service is marred extensively. Obviously, they will hude under the guise of technicality, ridiculous laws of evidence and more legal jargon that void of common sense and attempt to fool the people. We snould be storming the Senate building now and make them resign immediately or all of them will suffer harm. Tama na. Sobra Na.

  15. “If the list is supported by credible documentary evidence, please go ahead. Pero kung listahan lang naman, siguro naman pag-ingatan naman natin ang institusyon ng Senado [But if it’s just a mere list, I believe we should preserve the Senate as an institution],” this coming from the beloved Senate President and poster boy of PDAF scam. The same very respected Senate President swore to high heavens that he knows not of Napoles until scores of ‘close shoulder to shoulder’ snap shots of Napoles family with the bulky PDAF scam poster boy was down-loaded in Facebook for all to see, showing how truthful the most respected Senate president is.

  16. pompeyo pedroche on

    NAPOLES IS GUILTY BUT NOT MOST GUILTY

    My analogy: A smart bystander teaches an enforcer how to earn more than his monthly wage by resorting to kotong. The enforcer takes heed and from then on became a kotongero.

  17. I hope the investigation will include other NGOs/NPOs. Even in our locality, a legitimate NPO was used by a legislator for projects but all transactions are questionable..

  18. Why can’t Manila Times name Florencio Abad as the unnamed DBM official? Napoles had named him already as detailed in her affidavit so what’s the problem? You are only giving this administration a chance to sanitized Napoles’ affidavit in exchange for her immunity from suit. Another witness who will corroborate Napoles’; testimony swears that ABad even has a code name that is “Straight,” labeled so because his kickbacks went straight top his pockets or to his bank in Singapore.”

    In fact, Napoles narrated that there were several politicians present when ABad conducted this tutorship. Additionally, the most important part of Napoles story is that “There is another person in the Executive Department “higher than Abad” who is equally guilty but then Napoles refused to reveal the name of the person to De Lima obviously, as a leverage or bargaining chip for Napoles demand to be given immunity from suit. Call a spade a spade MT.

    • The Manila Times on

      The Manila Times would have wanted to unmask the identities of the individuals named in the Napoles’ affidavit were it not for the request of its informer to withhold their names.

  19. Migs Doromal on

    I bet three Ilonggos are on that list.

    Frank Drilon, Mar Roxas, and the loudest of them all, Miriam Santiago.

  20. Siony Camacho Bana on

    How can anyone (guilty by association) who had socialized with JNL and appeared in pictures with her and her family can totally exclude themselves from being a participant of the pork barrel scam??? Every Congressmen , Senators, and chief of every gov’t agency who knowingly dealt with her modus operandi should equally be charged also, no one should be spared ,period. Had it not for Benhur Luy JNL will continue her scam , and this does not make her the least guilty.