Napoles made P15B in 10 years, Baligod claims

Posted at 06/16/14 8:37 PM

MANILA - Businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles, the alleged brains of the pork barrel scam, allegedly made almost P15 billion in 10 years in her deals with the government.

This is based on transactions recorded in various bank accounts in the Philippines until 2013.

The amount doesn't include a list of properties and other luxury items worth hundreds of millions of pesos she had accumulated over the years, as monitored and documented by whistleblowers and lawyer Levito Baligod.

Today, the whistleblowers and Baligod believe Napoles is still in control and in possession of a huge fortune out of all these.

If we are to believe her camp, however, Napoles is now allegedly broke and can't even foot her hospital bills.

But not one of her former employees at JLN Corporation who became whistleblower is buying that story -- especially not Baligod.

According to Baligod, he secured documents detailing Napoles' transactions in some of her bank accounts from March 2003 to June 2013, a month before she surrendered for the serious illegal detention charge filed against Napoles by her cousin Benhur Luy, now the government's primary witness against her.

The bank transactions allegedly reached a total balance of P14.9 billion at one point.

Napoles also had some P4 billion pesos in cold cash, Baligod said.

"Iyung 10-year period, hanggang June of 2013, ang cash deposit niya ay umaabot ng P4 billion. Pagbili niya ng foreign currency, iyung mga pagbili niya ng redeemable shares, lahat lahat po umaabot ng mga P6-P7 billion financial transactions niya," he said.

The Anti-Money Laundering Council has reportedly begun looking at these bank accounts.

Luy's files, meanwhile, chronicled pork barrel transactions recording deposits in billions of pesos and withdrawals from these accounts made by Napoles and the alleged bogus non-government organizations.

But the whistleblowers said Napoles made more than billions of pesos and dollars.

They said she acquired vast hectares of lands, condominium units, luxury cars, and membership shares from exclusive clubs.

Based on documents submitted by Marina Sula -- one of her record custodians -- Napoles has titles to 74 lots, mansions, and condos in Metro Manila and provinces.

These pieces of property include new and posh condo units at Bonifacio Global City.

She has two units at Pacific Plaza -- home to some of the country's tycoons -- new condo units in Makati City, and 6 units at the Ortigas Center.

She also allegedly purchased 10 mansions and lots in Taguig City, which the government developed for retired high-ranking military officers.

Napoles reportedly owns thousands of hectares of land in Bulacan and North Cotabato in Mindanao, not to mention her house in Forbes Park and another in Dasmariñas Village in Makati.

"Based sa documentary records, sa pagbayad nila ng regular association dues, taxes, atsaka sila naman ang nag-acquire noon in the first place, sila yung mga dummies na ginamit," said Atty. Stephen Cascolan, lawyer of 4 whistleblowers, on how he obtained the documents.

Napoles also has numerous cars, with her possessions looking like a showroom of expensive vehicles registered under her name and her family members.

One of these is a Porsche Cayenne, a picture of which triggered outrage on social media when her daughter posted it on Instagram.

The Napoles family also owns membership shares in Palms Country Club, Manila Polo Club, Manila Golf Club, and Palawan Shores Incorporated.

Baligod claimed that there is more than what the government has already seen.

The government has filed charges against Napoles and others linked to the pork barrel scam.

It has also issued freeze orders on some of her accounts. But the question remains if the government still recover the billion of pesos in public funds. - with ANC