Balato: How Janet Napoles cut up the pork
MANILA - How did businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles divide the pork barrel?
According to whistle-blower Benhur Luy, 50% of the pork barrel funds allocated to the Napoles-linked non-governmental organizations (NGOs) went back to the lawmakers. Ten percent of the funds went to the implementing agency, five percent went to chiefs of staff of lawmakers, and 1% was split among the president of the NGO and incorporators, he said.
"Sabi niya siyempre babalatuhan din yung mga tao sa opisina, yung mga messenger, yung mga utility worker. Sa office, balato. Kasi nga foundation ko para meron din yung mga tao. Kahit hindi sila nakakatulong, sila din naman yung mga nagshe-shred ng papel, nagtatapon ng basura, nagtitimpla ng kape," he said under questioning by Sen. JV Ejercito.
However, he also noted that presidents of the fake NGOs, like himself, and the incorporators, sometimes got less than one percent.
"This was okay because we were all employees of Napoles. Sahuran [salaried workers] lang kami," he said.
Luy said the 10 percent cut for implementing agencies would sometimes go up to 15 percent since Napoles had to give kickbacks to contacts in the Department of Budget and Management.
He said at least 35% of the total pork barrel funds allocated to the NGOs went to Napoles' pockets.
The whistle-blower said he and the other Napoles employees were alarmed when they were no longer making deliveries for supposed projects funded by legislators' PDAF. He said this included projects under the Department of Agrarian Reform.
The Gentleman's League
Luy also confirmed Ejercito's statement that lawmakers as well as department secretaries frequented The Gentleman's League, which is in the same building as the office of Napoles.
The whistle-blower said lawmakers and chiefs of staff who go to their office at United 2502 of Discovery Suites would only talk to Napoles. He said Napoles would sometimes have meetings with legislators on the 22nd floor lounge or in a private room.
Luy said he does not know if there are other groups that also lobbied lawmakers to allocate their pork barrel funds to their NGOs.
He said Napoles already had "regular clients" among lawmakers who gave their pork barrel funds to the alleged fake NGOs.