The Bureau of Internal Revenue is investigating the wealth of businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles after her daughter is said to be flaunting her family's wealth in social media.
Photos sent to ABS-CBN news by a friend of the younger Napoles after the pork barrel scam hit the news headlines showed expensive watches, jewelry, clothes, and shoes. The photos were posted on the Instagram account of Napoles' daughter Jeane, who is reportedly a model and fashion designer.
The account also showed photos of luxury cars which she said were gifts her parents on her debut and college graduation.
Napoles is the alleged brains behind the P10-billion pork barrel “scam”.
Jeane's mother confirmed the authenticity of the photos and offered an explanation.
She told ABS-CBN news that the Porsche car was given to the younger Napoles when she graduated Magna Cum Laude in college. Another Porsche car was given to her during her birthday debut.
“Yung alahas, regalo namin relo na Chanel, regalo po talaga namin nung graduation,” said Napoles in her interview with Anthony Taberna.
Napoles said it was their right to go shopping because they were earning money from their business ventures.
“Wala po na nanggaling sa gobyerno, ni piso. Lahat pong yan ay hanap buhay namin galing sa aming pinaghirapan,” said Napoles.
Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares meanwhile said the bureau is now looking into the family’s properties. But she said there was nothing wrong in flaunting one’s wealth as long as they pay right taxes.
“Kung talagang mayaman at nagbayad ka naman ng tamang buwis, edi walang problema. May problema lang kung hindi nagtutugma yung dalawa,” said Henares.
Napoles insisted they pay the right taxes, adding that she is open to an investigation of their wealth.
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