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Friday, August 30, 2013
JANET Lim-Napoles, suspected brains in the P10-billion pork barrel scam, surrendered Wednesday night to President Noynoy Aquino in Malacanang.
Napoles surrendered to PNoy on the same day he announced a P10-million bounty for her arrest.
Napoles, who earlier said she doesn’t know what pork barrel is, appeared confused and dazed in TV footages after her surrender. She probably thought she can claim the P10-million bounty from PNoy.
It pays to have friends in high places. Ordinary fugitives could only wish they’d also have the chance to surrender to PNoy in Malacañang.
But not Napoles, who once claimed they owned the government (“Amin ang gobyerno”) and probably, the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), too.
You have to be the brains of the “mother of all scams” (even Napoles is only the mother of her children) to do so.
Napoles surrendered, reports said, because her life is in danger. Malacañang responded with a stealthy operation, starting with an evening rendezvous with Napoles at a Taguig City cemetery.
She was whisked to Malacañang to meet PNoy, who turned her over to Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, before being transferred to Camp Crame and finally to the Makati City Jail.
She promised to tell the truth. Truth took a long route.
Malacañang raised the possibility of using Napoles as a state witness in the P10-billion pork barrel scam.
In other words, the Palace may use Napoles as a battering ram against the fortifications set up by lawmakers who allegedly got up to 70 percent in kickbacks on ghost projects over the part eleven years.
But a state witness is reserved for the least guilty. What happens when the most guilty is the only one who squeals?
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 30, 2013.