Fetalvero: Deprived of good things because of other people’s depravity

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By Noemi C. Fetalvero

Two empty bottles

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


ONCE again the alleged mastermind of the Priority Developmental Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam is on the limelight as she is scheduled for an operation. The court ruled that all medical expenses should be shouldered by Janet Lim Napoles.

Napoles shows no remorse for her alleged involvement in the mother of all scams. We all know where her money came from and yet she had the gall to request to be confined in the most expensive hospital in Manila. The court did not grant her request and instead ordered that she be confined at the Makati Medical Center.

Does Napoles know that there are a number of legitimate non-government organizations that cater to the sick and are now being deprived of such assistance because of the suspension of the use of PDAF funds as an offshoot to the scandal?

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Napoles has three lives. One, is her public life when she exposed herself to public scrutiny after she allegedly dipped her fingers into government coffers. Two, is her private life as a daughter, a wife, a mother, a grandmother and so on and so forth. Three, is her personal life.  It is this aspect of her life that she will reveal to us how she carried out the scam.  Unfortunately, she has been tight-lipped about it. Our investigators and prosecutors are smart and all they have to do is follow the money from where it came from and where it ended up.

In a book entitled Smart Women Finished Rich authored by David Bach, people who go into money-making ventures have nine steps to achieving financial security and funding dreams. Stealing from the government is not one of the steps. 

Yes, Napoles enriched herself but is she smart? Recently the Aquino administration ordered to freeze all her assets and bank accounts. The question is: How will she pay five of her doctors and the medical expenses that may be incurred while she is confined in the hospital?

Napoles’ financial behavioral pattern hurt so many people, especially the underprivileged who could have been the recipient of government assistance. She wanted security. She got it, however, not the financial security that she wanted. She has more than a dozen members of the Philippine National Police guarding her now.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 10, 2014.

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