Janet Napoles has been found guilty beyond reasonable doubt. She was sentenced with the penalty of reclusion perpetua (permanent imprisonment) which means she will serve 20 to 40 years at the Women’s Correctional Jail in Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila.
But wait, Janet is not being permanently incarcerated for the pork barrel scam. Her sentence was for the serious illegal detention of her nephew and employee, Benhur Luy. She kept Luy a prisoner, under lock and key, for three months at her condominium unit, because she suspected that he was defrauding her of her fraudulently transacted pork barrel. 😉
It was when Luy was rescued by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on 22 March 2013, that all hell broke loose as far as the scamming scandal of the pork barrel was concerned. Luy spilled the beans of what was truly going on which resulted in some arrests and prison detentions of three of the most influential senators in the Philippine politics. They are the old man, Juan Ponce Enrile, sexy (I don’t see it) Jinggoy Estrada and handsome (not bad, 🙂 I suppose) Bongbong Revilla.
I hope that this is only the start for Janet Napoles to atone for her many and expensive crimes.
I also hope that this is not a way of sweeping under the carpet, the other more serious matters of the P10billion (£151,716,105.30 British Pound Sterling or $224,997,200.00 US Dollar)pork barrel scam. I fervently hope that there are no people working behind the scene, active in their machination in ensuring that the pork barrel scam is buried and forgotten and all the people involved will live happily ever after in their heavenly mansions.
The article below by Manny Almario, a retired journalist from the Philippines, is certainly thought-provoking. I do agree that Janet Lim-Napoles is not the most guilty amongst her cohorts but at the same time I do not believe that she is less guilty. GUILT IS GUILT! No one is less guilty when one is guilty.
Janet Lim-Napoles embraced criminality of the plunder with so much gusto that she involved – from her side alone – her families, friends, employees, colleagues and God knows who else!
Janet Lim-Napoles enjoyed all the trappings gained from the wanton plunder of public purse.
Janet Lim-Napoles was an active participant in the sorry saga of avarice, looting, robbing and fleecing of the National Treasury. She was aiding and abetting the marauding criminals within the Philippine Government with her eyes, mouth, ears and waiting arms wide open. She is not some innocent ninny that was taken advantage of. She was a grasping she-devil, an opportunist, waiting in the offing to brandish her slick and skilful sleight of hand to make monies disappear, and seem, “now you see it, now you don’t”. She was on par with magicians in the highest order!
Janet Lim Napoles may not be the most guilty but she is equally guilty as anyone else involved in the plunder and she should be given a punishment appropriate to her crime. This should involve confiscation of monies and properties she gained from her criminal act against the NATION!
Letting Janet Lim-Napoles sing like a canary for a free pass out of prison is a criminal act in itself. Janet may sing beautifully but let us remember that the Pork Barrel Scandal is not about Philippines Got Talent or even The Voice. Pork Barrel Scandal is about treason, treachery and betrayal of the sovereignty of the Filipino people and of the Philippine Government.
I say confiscate her properties and lock her up in jail and throw away the keys. Then go for her cohorts, I am sure there are enough materials and evidence to convict the rest of the Pork Barrel criminals.
It is disputable that Janet Lim-Napoles is the “most guilty” in the stupendous P10-billion pork barrel scam. She is an ordinary citizen, without any official governmental power. On the other hand, the legislators and other public officials who are her co-accused are cloaked with public authority. They were the custodians of public money. They had the sworn duty to preserve and spend public money for the public good. Instead, they allegedly plundered it.
Every public official is required by law to take an oath to “well and faithfully discharge to the best of his ability the duties of the office or position upon which he is about to enter; and (to declare) that he voluntarily assumes the obligation imposed by his oath of office, without mental reservation or purpose of evasion” (Sec. 40, 1987 Administrative Code of the Philippines).
Napoles had taken no such oath, not having occupied a government position. But the public officials did. Their oaths usually end with the phrase, “So help me God.” Therefore their crime, if proven, would be a “betrayal of the public trust,” for failing to “well and faithfully discharge” the duties of their office. It would also be sacrilege for falsely invoking the name of God.
In his March 26, 2012, column (“Betrayal of public trust”), Fr. Joaquin J. Bernas, former dean of the Ateneo Law School, quoted Constitutional Commissioner Ricardo Romulo as saying that “betrayal of the public trust,” one of the causes for impeachment of public officials, could “cover any violation of the oath of office.”
Commissioner Rustico de los Reyes, author of the amendment, added that “the term … includes betrayal of public interest, inexcusable negligence of duty (italics supplied), tyrannical abuse of power, breach of official duty by malfeasance or misfeasance, cronyism, favoritism, etc. to the prejudice of public interest and which tend to bring the office into disrepute.”
Further, the crime of plunder, under Republic Act No. 7080, is primarily directed against “public officers” who acquire ill-gotten wealth or misappropriate public funds amounting to more than P50 million. A private person who participates in the crime is also punished for the same offense, but he or she is not the principal accused.
Even if Napoles is the mastermind, which is unlikely, considering her being an outsider, Napoles cannot be the “most guilty” since she could not have committed the crime without the assent and participation of the public officials who have custody of and power to dispose of the funds. These officials had the duty to “turn her in” or charge her for simply making an indecent or illegal proposition.
It is to the public interest that Napoles be made a state’s witness, if her testimony is assuredly necessary to convict the public officials concerned, in order to forewarn all incumbent and future officials to be faithful to their oath of office, under pain of punishment under the law. An additional requirement of course would be for her to return to the state all the proceeds she may have enjoyed from the scam.
I agree with Kim Herares! I have to clarify what I meant about Manny Pacquiao and his tax. I did not mean for him to get a lifetime tax-break. That is most unfair. Manny has enough money to last him and his family several lifetimes.
Not paying any tax is beyond a joke and an insult to you and me who have to pay from our meagre salaries.
What they should have done was to let Manny and the Filipinos basked in the glory of Manny’s winning back the title. Let us all show our pride; that despite Manny having been written off as getting on a bit and rather pathetic to still boxing at his age, he showed the world that age was not a hindrance. It is always been about skill and stamina.
The BIR (Bureau of Internal Revenue) could have postponed their efficacy for money grabbing. Though Kim Henares is right to ask Manny to pay for his income tax or demand for receipts of purported taxes which have been paid to the US.
Kim Henares should also go for Janet Napoles, Enrile, Estrada and Revilla and all those implicated under the pork barrel scandals and review their tax return under a fine tooth comb.
Kim Henares and the BIR posturing look like they are victimising Manny Pacquiao by making him an example. Manny is an easy target to them and they are making the poor guy squirmed. Really horrendous way to treat a national fist icon.
Anyway, again, Manny should pay tax, just like everyone else who is gainfully employed.
Henares: Lifetime tax break for Pacquiao unfair
by Jon Carlos Rodriguez, ABS-CBNnews.com
Posted at 12/05/2013 10:12 PM | Updated as of 12/06/2013 12:10 AM
MANILA – Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Commissioner Kim Henares criticized the proposed bill seeking to give Sarangani congressman and boxing champion Manny Pacquiao a lifetime tax exemption, calling it “unconstitutional.”
Henares said giving Pacquiao a lifetime tax break for his accomplishments as a boxer will be unfair to other taxpayers.
“There should be a valid classification and everyone who is similarly situated should be accorded the same privilege. We have other national heroes, why aren’t we giving them the same privilege?” she told ANC on Thursday.
She said honoring Pacquiao with the privilege may also expose the country’s skewed value system, which venerates icons and not the soldiers who risk life and limb to protect and defend the country.
“Ito ang magiging tanong: kung ako ay sundalo, eh bakit ako walang exemption eh ang puhunan ko ay buhay ko? Kung hindi naman public sector ang papag-usapan natin, sasabihin ng mga lineman, eh bakit ako hindi ako in-exempt eh tinataya ko ang buhay ko kapag nagre-repair ako ng electric lines. Pero ‘yung mga athlete, hindi naman nila tinataya ang buhay nila for the benefit of other people, it’s for themselves,” she said in a separate interview on dzMM.
The tax exemption for Pacquiao was proposed by Valenzuela City Rep. Magtanggol Gunigundo, who wants the bill to known as the Pacquiao Act of 2013.
Under Section 3 of the bill, it says the “state shall confer lifetime individual income tax exemption to boxing icon Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao, also known as Manny Pacquiao, who has given outstanding honor and pride to the Filipino people.”
But Henares disputed this, saying that giving honor to a country is not enough basis for a tax exemption.
“Ang karangalan ng bansa ay inaambag ng bawat mamamayan, hindi lang naman isang tao. So kung ganoon ang criteria natin, madami ding mamamayan na nagbibigay ng karangalan eh bakit hindi natin bigyan ng exemption,” she said.
Only minimum wage earners and overseas Filipino workers are exempted from paying income taxes in the Philippines.
Henares also opposed the proposal by ABAKADA partylist Rep. Jonathan dela Cruz to grant tax perks to athletes who win prizes overseas, saying that the government should give assistance to them during their training, not when they have already reaped success.
She suggested that the government should instead provide them with pension plans, healthcare or life insurance.
“May ibang panukala para sa athletes in general, pero hindi naman ‘yan ang kailangan nilang tulong eh. Ang kailangan nila ay ‘pag nag-uumpisa pa sila, ‘yung training nila para magchampion sila. At kapag nagchampion sila, may pagkakataon na sila kumita,” she said.
She also said that exempting athletes from paying taxes may mean that the government will subsidize the “lavish lifestyle” common to wealthy athletes.
“Kung nanalo sila, buti kung lahat ng gastos nila ay binibigay nila sa nation building. I’m not generalizing, but if you look at the history of athletes, they earn big money but at the end of the day, nawawala ‘yung money kasi ginastos nila pambili ng magagarang kotse, bahay, maluhong pamumuhay, ‘yung iba pa nga diyan may bisyo. Ibig sabihin, kapag in-exempt niyo, ang gobyerno ang magsu-subsidize ng standard of living na ‘yan. Parang hindi naman tama ‘yan,” she said.
IT’S NOT ILLEGAL, SAYS GUNIGUNDO
Gunigundo, meanwhile, defended the constitutionality of his bill, saying there is nothing in the Constitution that says granting tax breaks to an individual is illegal.
“There is nothing wrong with giving individual tax exemption. Why? Because we are also conferring individual Filipino citizenship to foreigners who did so much for our nation to lift up our country,” he told ANC.
He said if corporations are given “tax holidays,” Filipinos who have brought pride to the country should also be given tax perks.
“Bakit hindi natin magawa ‘yan sa isang tao na nagbigay ng napakagandang karangalan sa ating bansa,” he said.
Pacquiao is currently in a legal battle with the BIR for back taxes from 2008 to 2009 worth over P2.2 billion.
He has filed a civil case against the BIR before the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) questioning the tax liability. The next hearing is scheduled on January 16.
The CTA has issued a gag order against Pacquiao and the BIR on the tax case.
Ok people, let us turn our attention back to the pork barrel scandal. We must not let them sweep this gargantuan issue under the Government stinky carpet. Let us focus and let us punish those who are corrupt.
Ruffy Biazon, BFF to PNoy, is gone. He resigned due to his implication to the Pork Barrel scandal which purported that he got P1.9M kickback from bogus NGO related projects.
To Ruffy Biazon, please shut the door on your way out.
Customs chief resigns
By Edu Punay (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 3, 2013 – 12:00am
GOODBYE TO ALL THAT: Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon looks at the BOC seal before announcing his resignation yesterday. EDD GUMBAN
MANILA, Philippines – Saying a person “can only take so much,” embattled Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Ruffy Biazon yesterday tendered his irrevocable resignation.
“No position is worth sacrificing for the well being and peace of mind of my family,” he said. “A good name is more desirable than great riches.”
He quit just days after the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed charges against him and 34 others in connection with the pork barrel scam.
“I resign in order to prevent exploitation of the controversy by parties who would like nothing better than to have an issue to throw against the Aquino administration,” he told reporters at a press conference in his office at the BOC.
Unlike his first offer to quit, which he texted to President Aquino after the latter lambasted the BOC in this year’s State of the Nation Address, Biazon announced his resignation yesterday on national television.
When asked if he considered himself a sacrificial lamb of the administration amid criticisms of political persecution in the pork barrel scam, Biazon replied, “If my case would serve to show that the Aquino administration does not consider party affiliation, so be it.”
Biazon told President Aquino of his decision to resign during a 40-minute meeting wherein the Chief Executive indirectly tried to convince him not to immediately resign.
“In the way the discussion was moving, I think he gave me space to think about it. But from the moment I sat down, I had already made up my mind,” Biazon said. “I’m at peace with my decision. I feel this is the right thing to do.”
The outgoing BOC chief said he and the President remained “OK” after the meeting. He was given a week to wind up his affairs in the bureau for a smooth transition.
Biazon, a former congressman of Muntinlupa and member of the ruling Liberal Party that Aquino heads, is among the 34 individuals charged last Friday over the pork barrel scam.
He was accused of receiving a kickback of P1.95 million for a project channeled through the bogus non-government organization of alleged pork barrel scam brains Janet Lim-Napoles in 2007.
Biazon is among seven former lawmakers in the second batch. The others were Salacnib Baterina of Ilocos Sur (P7.5 million), Douglas Cagas of Davao del Sur (P9.3 million), Marc Douglas Cagas IV (P5.54 million), Arrel Olaño of Davao del Norte (P3.175 million), Rodolfo Valencia of Oriental Mindoro (P2.41 million), and Arthur Pingoy of South Cotabato (P7.055 million).
“I resign to protect my family, particularly my young children, from the exposure to the hostile environment from the public controversy involving their father. The intense discussion in media may be too much for them to endure. They are too young to understand, in the face of allegations like this, that anyone is deemed innocent until proven guilty in the court of law,” he said.
He added that his father, former senator and now Muntinlupa Rep. Rodolfo Biazon, has served the country for 52 years with an untarnished record. “I would like to uphold the honor he earned for our name.”
The BOC chief, however, stressed that his decision to resign was not an admission of guilt as he vowed to clear his name on charges of malversation, direct bribery and graft and corrupt practices before the Office of the Ombudsman.
“I know I can defend myself properly when the time comes. I don’t think the media is the proper venue to address the issue,” he stressed.
Biazon only said he knew alleged pork barrel scam architect Napoles, but he never met any of the whistleblowers.
He admitted being surprised by the charges against him since in the days leading to the filing of the complaint there was no indication that he was going to be included.
Asked for a message to his critics, he said: “Those who are saying I am kapit-tuko (holding very tight) to my post, in your face!”
Lastly, he thanked the President for allowing him to serve as Customs chief, a task he said he took on because he “believed that it was a cause worth fighting for to break the generations-long kalakaran, to reverse the bad image of Customs and to propel it forward to a reformed and modernized customs service.”
“On this instance, for this particular sensitive post, I believe that even if the distrust comes from just a segment of the people, honor dictates that I give up the post and make way for a new leadership in the bureau,” he added.
Biazon believes the reforms he put in at the BOC and the imminent posting of record-high P300-billion collection of the bureau this year could be his biggest contributions to the agency.
Biazon, who was appointed September 2011, also offered to resign last July after the President castigated his agency during the State of the Nation Address (SONA) for its failure to curb smuggling and other illegal activities involving its personnel.
Aquino, however, rejected his resignation then and insisted that Biazon still enjoyed his trust.
Do you remember that film about the pig which was so popular in the 90s? It was called Babe, a charming and heart-warming film that captured the hearts of young and old in equal measures.
Well there is a Filipina who wanted to recreate a bit of that. She thought instead of one pig she will create a whole runt of them and so she did. As she can’t all name them Babe, she called them as she saw fit.
The eldest was called Tanda (Aged), as he was already 89 years old, just one foot in the grave so to speak, another was called Sexy (I can’t really see why as he was rather overweight and dour looking) and the third she called Pogi (handsome), I supposed he is not too bad in a certain light, but obviously believed his own press as he was not averse to bedding other women, despite his very married status!
Janet cared for her little swines so much. She built them not a house of straws, nor house of sticks and not even a house of bricks. No sirree, she really adored her porcine. The billions of Philippine monies at her disposal, she shared as follows: 50 per cent to her favourite pigs and kept 30 per cent for herself and the rest shared amongst those in her pig farm.
The three little pigs went to market and bought themselves premium materials to build palatial mansions and everything that go with these; anything the three pigs wanted, they got.
These little piggies went to market
These little piggies refuse to stay at home
These little piggies had roast beef
These little piggies wanted for none
These little piggies laughed all the way to the bank
Such is the life of the premium swines of Janet Napoles.
Yes Janet loves her 3 little pigs most, Tanda, Sexy, and Pogi. She would rather go to jail than cause them any harm.
Janet Lim-Napoles is the most talked about woman in recent months in the Philippines.
She has also associated her high spending (on others money) daughter Jeanne (Napoles) with this scandal.
She has become the core of the pork barrel scandal involving P10Billion of monies from the Philippine treasury.
Her lavish lifestyle shows how much monies were involved.
Who is Janet Lim-Napoles?
How did she end-up being the Mama San of Philippine Politics? How can a woman running a carinderia/turo-turo became so mega-rich and powerful that she rubbed shoulders, and elbows as well, with the Philippine Government elites?
We shall endeavour to look into her background but I am at work so we’ll postpone it a little bit. LOL
But do feel free to post comments and additional information.