Businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles used names of her household helpers and drivers as presidents for fictitious foundations to which pork barrel funds were diverted, said the whistleblowers of the P10-billion pork barrel scam.
According to Attorney Levito Baligod, lawyer of the whistle-blowers, Napoles’ helpers and drivers were made to sign several documents to facilitate the release of huge amounts of pork barrel money.
“Yung mga presidente po ng foundations ay mga driver, yaya o katulong ni Janet Lim Napoles. Ang isa po ay si Gertrudes. Yan po ay yaya ng mga anak ni Janet Napoles. Ang isa pa pong halimbawa ay yung president ng Masaganang Buhay Foundation incorporated si Lorna Ramirez. Eto po ay asawa ng dating driver ni Janet Napoles na si Fernando Ramirez. (The presidents of foundations are drivers, maids and nannies of Janet Lim Napoles. One of them is a certain Gertrudes. She is the nanny of the children of Janet Napoles. Another example is the president of Masaganang Buhay Foundation Incorporated, a certain Lorna Ramirez. She is the wife of the former driver of Janet Napoles, Fernando Ramirez),” Baligod said in a phone interview with DZMM.
According to media reports, Napoles heads the JLN Corp., which allegedly defrauded the government of P10 billion of pork barrel funds of lawmakers for ghost projects.
Baligod revealed that some mayors were aware of the scam. The money would not have been released without the signature of the mayors, he noted.
“Alam nila dahil yung ibang pondo ay dumidiretso sa munisipyo eh hindi mababayran ang foundation kung hindi alam ng mayors yan. Kaya nakiki-coordinate din sila sa mayors. (The mayors know what's going on because some of the funds go directly to municipal hall. The foundations never get paid if the mayors don't know about it. That's why the foundations coordinate with the mayors),” he said.
Baligod said they have surrendered all documents and evidence against Napoles to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), which is conducting a probe into the scam.
As part of our series to celebrate International Women's Day (March 8) and Women's Month (March), we look back on some of the women who have held court in Malacañang Palace, the country's seat of power. Most of them did so as First Ladies, while a couple of them did so as Presidents.
These women are all interesting, to say the least. Some endeared themselves to the country, others courted controversy. Love them or hate them, these women were in the position to influence not just Pinays, but the whole world as well.
All these photos are courtesy of the Presidential Museum and Library, which is managed by the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO). Most of the details in the captions are also wrought from the information culled by the staff of the Presidential Museum and Library. The choice of the photos was determined only by the available material.