'Fake names in Napoles NGOs from newspapers, phone directory'
MANILA – Household and office staff of businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles, the alleged mastermind in the multi-billion pork barrel scam, said they came up with fictitious beneficiaries for non-government organizations culled from newspapers and the telephone directory.
They said during their spare time, they shared a similar task--from the accountant to the housekeeper and driver.
Gertrudes Luy, the mother of star witness Benhur Luy, supervised the household staff and looked after Napoles’ children for 23 years.
She said the signature-making task was given them beginning in 2008.
“Kahit anong pangalan doon, gagayahin lang. Lahat kami…Tatawagin nila lahat ‘yung mga driver kung wala silang lakad. Isang la mesa kami. Kahit ‘di namin alam kung anong signature,” she said.
Another household staff, "Leni" (not her real name), worked for Napoles for 2 years from 2008 to 2010 as a personal masseuse.
She said she also made up names during her spare time.
“Halimbawa, Jovito Javier ganyan. Amin pong pirma ‘yun. Tapos next Susan Apolinario. Iba na naman po ‘yung [pirma],” she said.
Leni said when they were running low on names, they turned to old newspapers, telephone directories or celebrity names.
“Minsan kasi may mga newspaper. O kaya ‘yung mga artista babaligtarin na lang po namin…Tapos ‘yung sa telephone. Minsan kukunin namin ‘yun. Amin lang babaligtarin,” she said.
It was not until the whole scam unraveled that they realized the role they played in it. All they knew then, they said, was Napoles had dealings with the government.