Jeane Napoles' ritzy lifestyle triggers online firestorm
MANILA - Jeane Napoles -- the daughter of businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles who is tagged as the alleged brains behind the P10-billion pork barrel and Malampaya scam -- has found herself in the middle of an online firestorm due to her lavish lifestyle.
The younger Napoles has deleted her Instagram accounts showing photos of Porsche cars, designer bags, expensive shoes, and jewelry her parents bought for her, but some of the photos and a video clip have made their way to the public eye.
Her old Tumblr account has not been deleted. It shows her taste in fashion as well as her passion for travel and parties.
Another video clip sourced from Vimeo and made public on YouTube also shows how she spent her 21st birthday party at Beverly Hills.
Her mother, in a "TV Patrol" interview, has confirmed the authenticity of the cars and luxury items her daughter owns, but said these were paid using money earned in their legitimate business ventures.
The revelation has triggered various responses online.
Some expressed disgust over the young Napoles' ostentatious display of wealth.
My God this Napoles lady... Taxeeeesss
— Abbas Villalon (@ABSVillalon) July 30, 2013
Jeane Napoles and her new money lifestyle can't buy class. How sad.
— Kisty Mea (@Kisty) July 29, 2013
Eh yung 1M each ang watches ni Jean Napoles plus expensive cars every bday? Ano kayang reaksyon ni Imelda Marcos na may kumakabog sa kanya?
— E.J. Tuazon (@ejaytuazon) July 30, 2013
I just watched the vid of this Jean Napoles's 21st Birthday Parteyyyy!!! Di ko kinaya! Profound sa kapalan ng mukha!
— Edmon Dela Cruz (@iammondc) July 30, 2013
I don't think Napoles' daughter knew where the money came from. Nevertheless, flaunting her wealth was improper. Tacky, at the very least.
— Patricia Tenorio ? (@patriciatnr) July 30, 2013
I feel so poor when I see that Jeane Napoles video.
— Niño. (@neen_yoww) July 30, 2013
Others were testy.
— ß???? (@bryan_0906) July 30, 2013
— Hunter Ash (@heypuppet12) July 30, 2013
Ano pa silbe ng pagiging mayaman kung hindi mo pwede i-instagram. Di ba kumareng Napoles?
— Macke (@Mackenilya) July 30, 2013
Jeane Napoles. Why? #RejectedUPCATQuestions
— Little Nikki (@rinkosugiromu) July 30, 2013
Naka Chanel at LV na si Jeane Napoles mas maganda pa rin ako sa kanya. Choz! ????
— Jenny Faye Gutierrez (@jennyfayeg) July 30, 2013
— Carlo Suzara (@CARSuzara) July 30, 2013
A handful of them, meanwhile, said the public should not be quick to judge her.
If luxury items were purchased through legitimate money, great, live your life. If from the scam? Different story. Wait for facts. #Napoles
— Cesca Litton (@CheckLit) July 29, 2013
I don't get why people are peeved at the Napoles girl? If her parents gave her money, shouldn't it be they, people ought to be peeved at?
— Cocoy Dayao (@cocoy) July 30, 2013
People should leave the Napoles kid alone. Oh so suddenly everyone's a Marxist now.
— L. Conrad Martija (@leiron) July 30, 2013
Why condemn Napoles daughter for her lifestyle? Many live more lavishly. If you say stolen money, what happened to presumption of innocence?
— Jovi Neri (@jovineri) July 30, 2013
Some said the focus be on lawmakers and government officials involved in the alleged scam instead.
I'm clueless. The PDAF scam only has one beneficiary (i.e., Napoles family)?
— Rochelle Sy Chua (@rochellesychua) July 30, 2013
Puro si Napoles. What about the congressmen and the senators involved in the #PorkBarrelScam? Come on!
— Hazel H. (@1nutty_hazel) July 30, 2013
I just realized that because of this Napoles scam, I think the pork barrel should be abolished.
— Kat De Castro?? (@KatDeCastro) July 30, 2013