Janet may not be most guilty but least guilty she is not-A A +A
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
JANET LIM-NAPOLES certainly is depicted as the biggest villain in the pork barrel fraud.
She's the only one in fact. There are no other organizers of fake NGOs named. Of the shell firms linked to the scandal, only 10 reportedly belong to Janet; 28 others are not hers.
Does that make her least guilty? She may not be the most guilty but she may not also be the least guilty.
There's no basis yet for any ranking at this time since there are no other suspects.
She can't be compared with senators and House members who provided the money from PDAF. While the amounts they released were specific, there's no evidence yet if they received cuts and how much.
Unlike Janet, against whom 10 whistleblowers have squealed, there's no specific evidence yet against legislators except photos on Facebook showing Janet socializing with them.
The heavens have fallen on Janet because she's the one caught with the apparatus, the instrument, of the crime. Her NGOs were the known spigots through which public funds flowed into private pockets.
And evidence of her wealth abounded. If she were living in one condo, not in 40 real properties, and owned a few vehicles, not more than 30; if she had credible sources of her affluence, the public would've been less harsh.
Surely, there are other suspects. It's the kind of crime that requires collusion: with legislators, government bureaucrats, and facilitators, the people who made the swindling machinery run.
Culprits other than Janet are just not publicly known yet.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 03, 2013.