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By DP Limlingan
Thursday, August 29, 2013
JANET Lim Napoles thinks perhaps that her life is more than the P10-million reward Malacañang has offered for any information that would lead to her arrest. She gave herself up at the Palace for fear of her life. Well, she knows that people are mad at her, including the senators and congressmen that she might implicate.
The Million People March held last Monday might have started the ball rolling that Malacañang opened its eyes and ears to the people and posted a bounty for the fugitive that is said to be the architect of the P10-Billion Pork Barrel Scam.
Filipinos felt they were cheated by our lawmakers who are said to have enriched themselves with bogus Non-Governmental Organizations as recipients of their Priority Development Assistance Funds (PDAF) otherwise known as the pork barrel.
Why does Napoles now know fear when she never had it in her mind when she orchestrated the alleged “mother of all scams”?
The multi-millionaire lady, who is now in the custody of police authorities in Camp Crame, has two things to be afraid of: the ire of the Filipino people and the potential ire of the lawmakers that are said to be involved in the scam.
She can be a prospective witness against the latter.
While she is now booked for a serious illegal detention charge, which is a non-bailable offense, a lot of Filipinos remain incredulous as to what will happen to her vis-à-vis the alleged Pork Barrel Scam that she is thought to have masterminded.
The lawmakers who are alleged to be involved in the scam meanwhile might have shaking knees too, now that Napoles is now in the custody of the government and may or might sing a tune of the names of those who enriched themselves in the scam.
Some of them deny knowing Napoles despite pictures of them with the her which surfaced later.
The incredulous wonder what will happen to the confinement of Napoles at Camp Crame. They are thinking that nothing will happen anyway to the case.
Many are all eyes on the Pork Barrel Scam and Napoles. Like telenovela watchers, they thirst for the latest updates and development on the controversy.
There were a lot of sensational cases in the past which still have no endings and those involved remain scot-free. Will Napoles suffer the same fate? It’s worthy to note that controversial issues are sometimes overtaken by more controversial issues. The former usually die natural deaths and are put into oblivion.
We cannot avoid comparing the lavish lifestyle of Napoles to the lives of millions of Filipinos who are living below the poverty line. Many believe she has enriched herself with taxpayers’ money, the reason why more became angry. She said all her riches came from her businesses in other countries. It’s easy to say this and that.
The government does not know yet what to do with Napoles. The Senate too is quite unsure as to who will look into or how those senators allegedly involved in the scam be investigated.
Napoles surrendered. Now what?
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Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on August 30, 2013.