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Friday, September 13, 2013
PHOTOS of Janet Lim-Napoles, suspected brains behind the P10-billion pork barrel scam, recently surfaced in social media networks.
She has photos taken with politicians, among them, Senate President Franklin Drilon, Jinggoy Estrada, Bong Revilla and even President Noynoy Aquino.
It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. That’s why some photos need a thousand words to explain.
Politicians, Drilon said, are used to having their photos taken with people from all walks of life.
They also got invited to social gatherings and have their photos taken with people they don’t even know.
Many photos of Napoles smiling with politicians have surfaced lately. You can only wonder how many people don’t know her.
Pork barrel scam whistle-blower Benhur Luy, cousin and former personal assistant of Napoles, told a Senate inquiry that unscrupulous lawmakers pocketed half of the money intended for pork barrel-funded projects coursed through Napoles.
So you thought the SOP (standard operating procedure) for kickbacks was only ten to twenty percent?
The economy has grown. The pork barrel chop must grow too.
At one point, Luy said, Napoles had so much money that she could no longer put the cash inside the vault so she put them on her bed or in the bath tub.
She was careful not to put the money in the washing machine.
She was afraid she may be charged with money laundering.
Sen. Jinggoy Estrada has filed Senate Bill No. No. 380 that seeks to provide a magna carta for journalists.
In his bill, journalists would be classified into two categories--accredited journalists and non-accredited journalists. But a journalist can still practice his profession even with the absence of an accreditation card.
So what’s that for? Better leave the media alone.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 14, 2013.