Napoles’s bathtub and mausoleum-A A +A
Monday, November 4, 2013
JANET Lim-Napoles (JLN), alleged mastermind of the multibillion-peso pork barrel fraud, will be remembered more for her cash-filled bathtub and her two-story mausoleum.
People were stupefied by reports that she owned at least 28 houses, 30 vehicles: trappings of a luxurious lifestyle. But they were stunned by disclosures about the bathtub and the mausoleum, which to many people reflect almost obscene excess.
Putting cash in a bathtub because the house vault overflowed indicates size of loot and depth of criminal act, which figures and text may not ably depict.
Just as graphic were photos of the towering 28-sq.m. mausoleum, with ample and costly lawn around it for gatherings. People who're used to seeing cemeteries where the living jostle with the dead for space are aghast.
Elpidio Quirino, president from 1948 to 1953, had his reputation forever sullied by attacks about his golden "orinola," even after his grandson, decades later, insisted that it was a P250 chamber pot that yellowed with age.
JLN's bathtub seized world media attention when it ran a story about her daughter with a selfie of the young woman taking a "money bath." Jeane wasn't the woman in photo but that didn't lessen the blow on family reputation.
JLN, burdened with tons of lawsuit, may not have time and energy to worry about posterity and public image.
Media though can correct falsehood, if it was committed by her accusers. If there's no mistake, it can firm up documentation and maybe help the next generation not to forget.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on November 05, 2013.