Humor, sex, lies about Janet and the scam-A A +A
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
HOW many houses does Janet Lim-Napoles own?"
"Twenty-eight houses, apartments, and condos."
"Wrong. Thirty. She also owns the two houses of Congress."
Jokes have circulated since the P10-billion scandal involving bogus non-government organizations (NGOs) erupted.
"Did Janet use sex to sell her pitch to legislators?"
"Not herself. If she had done that, loss to the government would've been minimal."
Sex, the element that whips up more interest in a scandal, is only obliquely raised.
Reports of sexy starlets employed to woo fund decision-makers still have to emerge in the Napoles case.
And lies. Devices Napoles employed to ward off the charges were those of someone who had something to hide, such as:
 Diverting suspicion to another person when she claimed Benhur Luy, her former personal assistant and now whistleblower, had another boss who might be the culprit;
 Casting religiosity on herself to dispute accusations of wrongdoing--invoking God's name, daring the heavens to strike her with a bolt of lightning if she were lying, and surrounding herself with priests to impress people she's a deeply devoted Catholic.
 Citing improbable sources of income --overblown pork meat business of her mother and allegedly dubious coal trading of the family.
But hubris and greed may be what will nail down Janet. Boasting that she owns the government and keeping so many houses and vehicles, more than what she could use in multiple lifetimes, could be her undoing.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 20, 2013.