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How exactly does one “surrender” to the President of the Philippines? Does one come knocking at Malacanang’s door with their hands in the air? What exactly does turning a fugitive over to a cabinet Secretary for “processing” mean? Regardles… now that Janet Lim Napoles has reportedly surrendered to Philippine President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino III, the plot surrounding the top person-of-interest in the raging controversy around Congressional pork barrel thievery (allegedly) is now allowed to thicken.

Napoles seemingly expresses what she thinks of the P10m bounty on her capture.

Napoles seemingly expresses what she thinks of the bounty on her capture.

Interestingly, Napoles’s “surrender” came shortly after President BS Aquino announced a Php10-million “bounty” on her capture. Whatever the facts surrounding this bit of trivia may be, it need not take a rocket scientist to predict the sorts of speculation this factoid will likely induce across the Philippines’ chattering classes, some of which had already been “confirmed” by Napoles’s lawyer. And what else can the public do but speculate and broker rumours considering that Presidential Security Group (PSG) personnel have banned journalists from entering the Philippine National Police headquarters in Camp Crame where Napoles reportedly surrendered.

Aquino motored to the PNP national headquarters to accept the surrender of Napoles and turned her over to Roxas. The President also met with Napoles’ husband, Jimmy.

But the media was barred from the meeting. Unlike criminal suspects who are immediately presented to the media, the Presidential Security Group ordered the police not to allow journalists to enter the camp.

There was no explanation why Napoles was shielded from the media.

But then why turn a suspected crook over to a cabinet secretary? Isn’t crime a police matter?

One also can’t help but wonder why a Philippine President would even bother to “motor” to Camp Crame to “accept” Napoles’s “surrender”. Some observant netizens have likened this to the President making a courtesy call to the wealthy fugitive.

To be fair, perhaps Napoles may be entitled to courtesy from no less than the President of the Philippines. After all, rumours about her hefty contributions to election campaigns have persisted after “a friend” of Napoles, showbiz personality Lolit Solis, identified Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa as supposedly having solicited campaign contributions from Napoles back then.

Solis was interviewed over at radio dzBB, claiming that she heard Napoles talk on the phone with a certain “Jojo”.

“Magkasama kami ni Jenny (Janet Napoles) that time may kausap siya sa phone parang nanghihingi ng pera,” Lolit told radio hosts Arnold Clavio and Lala Roque.

Prodded by Clavio if it was Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, she said: “Jojo Ochoa.”

She said she was not sure which Jojo was on the other line, but Napoles supposedly told her it was Jojo Ochoa.

According to Solis, this all “happened during Christmas time, months before the 2013 elections.”

This was, of course, reportedly denied by Ochoa as “hearsay”. Ochoa has since “chosen not to dignify these with a response,” according to Assistant Secretary Jed M. Eva III.

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) have also reportedly denied rumours that Napoles contributed to BS Aquino’s presidential campaign in 2010.

A friend of Napoles had earlier disclosed that the latter donated to the campaign funds of Aquino, Villar, and Estrada in 2010.

But based on the Statement of Election Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE) that the three submitted to the Comelec during the May 2010 polls nothing shows she had contributions to the presidential candidates’ campaign funds.

What other juicy bits of information lie waiting to be harvested from the Philippines’ most wanted former fugitive? It is no wonder, then, that President BS Aquino is stumbling all over himself to navigate Manila’s traffic-choked streets on the ride from Malacanang to Camp Crame just to personally oversee the baffling handover of an alleged crook from the police to Secretary Mar Roxas.

Did BS Aquino make an exception this time on his promise to be one with the huddled masses’ traffic suffering and invoke his entitlement to a proper motorcade with blaring “wang-wang” sirens to ensure he gets every bit of an advantage over the average Pinoy schmoe in the drive to the PNP’s headquarters?

Who could blame him? The Napoles affair is an “important” thing, after all, right folks?

[Photo coutesy Inquirer.net.]

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  • On scripted scenarios… Sometimes I like to think out loud. Why was the scripted scenario of an assassination plot floated against Janet Napoles? Was it done to ensure her selective silence in the coming trial? A worst case scenario sees the script as intended to prepare the peoples’ minds for the coming murder of Janet Napoles. This of course will come from the highest corridors of power. After all, dead people tell no tales. What do you people think?

    • Leb says:

      I think your speculation borders on realm of possibility given the fact that the controversy is so serious and lots of people in power not only stands to lose pork, este, perks but could also be indicted in a case if Napoles decide to sing.

      However, I disagree with the insinuation that the ‘coming murder of Janet’ would “come from the highest corridors of power.”

      That would already be singling out and making an accusation on a particular party when we all know that numerous people are interested in Napoles not spilling the beans on them.

    • janey says:

      “This of course will come from the highest corridors of power.”

      This is plausible considering that the corrupt officials in the highest corridors of power have the most to lose if and when Napoles decides to sing.

  • joeld says:

    @ leb

    OT but you remind me of a toyota, a rav 4 to be exact. It doesn’t know if it wants to be car or an off roader. And it’s a pity for it always says, when I grow-up I want to be a Land cruiser.

    Excuse me, but your slip is showing. Or you’re just here to muddle up the discussions.

    • Leb says:

      joeld, I don’t know what you’re talking about. I don’t remember discussing nor disagreeing with you. My posts are all there all you have to do is tell me what you intend to engage me in.

      I’m open to explain anything you do not understand with what I said. I prefer you criticize me after telling me your basis.

    • Leb says:

      Oh, I get it now, I commented on your post in another write-up where you admitted you are corrupt and expressed my admiration for your honesty.

      And this is what I get in admiring a corrupt person? Well…

      • joeld says:

        I have no biff with you man. I’m just reading the comments and it is what I see in your comments.

        Just saying.

        Thanks for the compliments though.

    • Ronald Montemayor says:

      @joeld

      You should tell that to Mr.”CIA is the bogeyman” Gerry. :p

  • The queen of the pork barrel scam Janet Napoles was reunited with the king godfather of the pork barrel scam BS Aquino. Photo ops do not lie. A bad script is a bad script. There was really VIP treatment from BS. The Malacanang scripted zarzuela continues as BS is made to appear as a graft and corruption crusader (hahahaha!). Add the fact that the palace will try to “hit” non-administration and opposition politicians as scapegoats. Oh I forgot… Noynoy’s script is intended to defuse the continuing Pork Barrel protests. Will we allow ourselves to be deceived by Malacanang’s dictator tenant?

    • janey says:

      Well I heard BS has become even more popular among his yellow horde of netizens, who are over the moon about how heroic he has been during this whole “moro-moro” of a “surrender.” :D

      Bad script, very bad script there. Boy Abunda must have had a hand in the scriptwriting??? LOL

  • libertas says:

    Pnoy and malacanan need better script-writers for their telenovela farce.

    At least it is a sign of growing maturity and awareness that more and more people see right through the game plan.

  • Sanzo says:

    I guess I was a bit right all along with only a few changes with my prediction..she’s “sick” and on a wheelchair again..looks like Louie Vitton? LOL.

    Oh my, more drama will unfold for the coming days. They are just so good playing the “victim”, “sympathy”, “have-mercy-on-me”, “i-am-also-human-after-all” cards..wow..OMG that’s so original.

    They’ll be laughing all the way to the bank as soon as everything else subsides, or maybe they are already laughing their way there as we speak.

    She wants mercy and forgiveness? Take her ass to the church. :P

    Time to pass the beer…

    • Bjorn says:

      Is she really in a wheel-chair? HAHAHAHA, that is Corona and the ‘little girl’s’ act, no? Well then I guess she really is a thief.

      • Sanzo says:

        Well, eventually it is going to happen or it may not, lols. Unless they change the gimmick a bit like maybe she’d be on crutches or maybe she’d be in a segway lol.

        Doesn’t really matter now, I just find everything funny about this show called the “Pork Barrel Scam” starring Janet Lim Napoles and co. Directed by “insert-whoever-you-think-it-is”

        I read somewhere that she’s in an airconditioned jail cell? Wow..great. There goes our tax pesos :D

        I know for sure there are people in jail that has the same condition as her and yet they don’t get that kind of treatment..kinda shows you what money, power and influence can buy. Feel free to add more.

        I guess all in all, let’s just tune in next week.

  • libertas says:

    Gamblers can decide
    a) what medical excuse janet lim napoles is going to use
    b) how long will it before she is transferred out of makati jail
    c) how many times has janet lim napoles met pnoy aquino
    d) will she get bail
    e) the number of opposition politicians fingered
    f) the number of administration politician fingered
    g) how much did janet lim napoles contribute – directly or indirectly – to ochoa’s new mansion

  • Simpleton says:

    JL Napoles is so publicly tainted that there is no possible script they could come up with that will not end up sounding like something out of an M. Night Shyamalan film. They’re better off with a gag order on JLN.

    Why don’t they just stage an attempt on JLN’s life and hide her again, but this time, officially “for her own good”

    -Or-

    Exile her where she will seem to have killed herself out of humiliation and depression..

  • joeld says:

    Here is a good scenario, they bring out Napoles by telling us she surrendered to the Pnoy.

    They turn Napoles as state witness to the extent of bending the rules to their favor, and she sings her heart out against Pnoy political rival/enemies but not against his KKKK.

    And all the bobong Pinoy say, ” hang galeng ni Pnoy!!!!!, Daang matuwid!!!!!”

  • fminus says:

    Kumbaga sa nilambat sa dagat si napoles ay panapon, hindi sya isda na pwedeng pakinabangan….Compare napoles to Lucio Tan. Hinahabol ba ni Pnoy? Hindi!!!! Si gloria lang ang malakas ang loob noon na habulin tong lucio na ito pero walang nangyari dahil galit na galit ang publiko kay gloria. Si gloria din ang nagpapamadali ss supreme court noon na i sequester na ang hacienda luisita pero till now wala pa ring resulta kasi inupuan na ng appointee ni Pnoy.

  • fminus says:

    Wala na tayong utang sa world bank, thanks to gloria arroyo and by the way this is the thanks she gets….she is in prison now by spinning things around. And now an ex senior employee of WB became a whistleblower exposing corruption, her name is karen hudes and she is in you tube now. Maybe we can listen to what she has to uncover why moneis are not reaching the poor people of the world.

  • phantommagnum says:

    The next part of this drama will be the demonizing, linking and focusing on possible presidentiables and opposition/minority members as the culprit of the scam with Napoles as the star witness.

  • As of press time… An RTC Judge approved the transfer of JL Napoles from Makati City Jail to Fort Sto Domingo in Sta Rosa City. Why the far away and isolated venue? Why is the government spending so much time and resources in transferring again JL Napoles? Would she be safer in Fort Sto Domingo? Is the assassination excuse sufficient to transfer her again? Napoles is a threat liability to the guilty in the highest corridors of power. This is true. Will an attempt happen in the province of Laguna? Tuloy ba ang scripted zarzuela? Only time will tell.

  • libertas says:

    Pinoy journalist lino celle announces janet lim napoles is in custody and will turn state witness according to his highly credible source in DoJ.

    the point is that Lino celle published this 6 hours before the farce of the aquino 10 million peso bounty in the morning and then the miraculous surrender to aquino in the evening.

    All stage managed and deals have been done. But what deals.
    I guess unemployed socialite jeanne napoles wants to keep her porsche and ritz carlton condo.

  • I hope you guys and gals noticed. The freedom of the press is not alive and kicking in the Republic of the Philippines. Why is JL Napoles being isolated from press media people? It seems the dictator BS Aquino has something to hide. Uphold the freedom of the press to interview JL Napoles!

    • Gogs says:

      Just reeks of “let’s get our stories straight”.

      Although some people take the Palace behavior at face value here is one:

      Cynthia J. Patag

      Stop the noise please
      August 30, 2013 at 10:39am
      Janet Napoles’ surrender came after PNoy announced a P10-million bounty for information leading to her arrest.

      A lot of anti-PNoy like pro-GMA trolls and pro-pork barrel scam lawmakers have unleashed polluted remarks regarding the surrender and detention of JanetNapoles to destabilize the credibility if not the competence of PNoy in having the No.1 fugitive in our country NOW under police custody.

      Napoles is classified as a high risk suspect. The crime she committed is of national importance. You do not accord routine security measures accorded to ordinary criminals to a suspect like Janet Napoles. A breach of security could endangered if not ‘wipe out’ the life of Janet Napoles which instantly could paralyze the prosecution of the guilty pork scam lawmakers. If that happens, whom will they blame? PNoy AGAIN?

      With the diligent initiatives from the Palace, they were able to negotiate the surrender of Napoles a few hours after Napoles lawyer made remarks on media that Napoles is willing to surrender as long as her safety is assured.

      By accomodating to the request, government has saved P10M of taxpayers money for the reward for her capture. If PNoy did not accomodate the request and Napoles remains at large? And the hunt continues, whom will they blame? PNoy AGAIN?

      The decision to subject Napoles to an escalated security detail from the Heritage Park to Palace to Camp Crame is a judgement call of the President. PNoy must make sure that Napoles is safe and secured at all cost and by all means.

      “It’s to emphasize to everybody (that) it’s important for her to stay alive.”-PNoy

      The decision to isolate Napoles from other detainees and placed Napoles to a safer small air-conditioned room with a small couch and desk and guarded 24/7 inside by 2 female guards is a security control measure adopted to neutralize the imminent danger of being exposed to death threats from criminal elements inside a common jail area. If Napoles is killed inside common prison jail, whom will they blame? PNoy AGAIN?

      We will lose our opportunity to prosecute and imprison all guilty pork scam lawmakers if every action the government executes on Napoles is subject to noisy theoretical criticisms and grandstanding speculations.

      “Let the ‘hunt for the truth’ begin following the surrender and detention of Janet Napoles.”

      Stop the noise please.

    • Leb says:

      Freedom of the press? For that, we have to hear from the press first.

      • Ronald Montemayor says:

        I’d rather think that the press has too much freedom. The KBP and the NPC are toothless in regulating the antics of their peers, hence their irresponsible and biased behavior.Remember the Luneta Incident?

        My take on the matter? Let the government have its way just this once (yeah, so sue me). If Napoles “disappears”, then let loose the hounds.

        Though I’m afraid my statement would be prophetic…

    • Sanzo says:

      More like freedom of depress lol.

      Seriously, I get the feeling that there’s not going to be any truth, just different perspectives with more lies and excuses, to add to that the never-ending blame game and finger pointing together with name dropping which seems to be one of the favorite things to do at the moment. There won’t be any justice, instead ‘just tiis’ for the next episode.

      I would have commended her at least if she just ended her life right now, but then again it won’t solve anything until she spills everything that involves her with this case.

      But with the way things are going, I see the looming clouds of “paawa” coming up soon just to tickle the emotional “I-forgive-you” switch from the forgetful masses.

      ————————-
      They love money so much, why not feed it to them for real. After all, they are greedy, they pride having too much that they can’t use all that money their entire life, they even lust for it and covet as much as they can. /rant_over
      ————————-

      • mcalleyboy says:

        I thought the Coast Guard shooting would end up clearing those that filled the Taiwan vessel with .50 cal bullets but it turned out authentic and good it just took long time so I feel that this witness has so much to tell, lol and she needs to be protected. She can’t even stay with the police force because according to them anyone can come in with an ID card? Whats that say about the police force they can’t even protect people, so my next question is why have a police force then if it can’t be fixed, that should be the next step there’s no security at a police station anybody can pick up the prisoner, lol you can’t make this stuff up, where’s the outrage?

        • Gerry says:

          @McAl, sadly there isn’t much, if any.

        • Sanzo says:

          Anyone can come with an ID card..wow..I guess they have no idea with stuff like security clearances or maybe they do have those but they are apparently clueless.

          Well, so much for us paying them to do their jobs. :D

          Outrage…there’s always outrage anywhere and everywhere but it is apparently misguided at best, but sometimes it does hit the mark but not often as some people claim to do so. It’s just a fad, the same thing with trending things in and out of the internet.

        • mcalleyboy says:

          The information about the ID card was on one of the news channels, lol.. not even hidden but something that could be fixed, it was addressed but like many stories here, there’s no follow up.

      • Sanzo says:

        That’s the problem..which is a common occurrence around that can be seen almost everywhere..they never finish what they started, and if they do everybody else pretty much forgot about it or is sick and tired of it.

        Pretty much almost every single issue didn’t have a decent closure due to I guess “things that aren’t in their control but in reality they can but they just don’t do it”.

        They will just continue to drag things along for as long as they want to because they can until who knows when it will end or I guess whenever something big will happen (ex. scandals or whatever) to just cover things up a bit.

        • mcalleyboy says:

          Seems like the more digging thats done the more issues start to pop up and how can this level of corruption be fixed, it can’t… What a mess, after days, months and years on the media nobody will care it’s not news day any more. If no concrete plans are set in place to fix the many issues it’s just talking and agreement and then no action.

  • OnesimusUnbound says:

    The ABS CBN’s flash news today (9/2) at 10AM caught my attention, the newscaster mentioned that Janet Napoles as “the root of pork barrel scam”. I find it quite misleading, diverting the people’s attention from the real root of the pork barrel scam – the opaque, unaccounatble pork barrel system set by the Executive barnch.

    • Leb says:

      While I may agree with you on the misnomer ‘root of pork barrel scam’ made by the ABS newscaster I cannot help but noticed you also made a misleading statement when you alleged about the ‘real root of the pork barrel scam’ pointing at the Executive branch.

      The ABS mix-up is much closer to the story than your own ala-parapraxis statement. Let me tell you why I said that.

      Napoles was widely believed to be in the center of pork barrel scam. She’s under custody right now and will soon be charge with crimes that more or less fall on corruption matters.

      The Executive branch, on the other hand, faces no pending charges about “the opaque, unaccountable pork barrel system’ that can be called the ‘real root of the pork barrel scam.’ No such thing.

      While the ABS may offer a reason that their newscaster simply made an honest mistake in its use of words against Napoles, your statement are very categorical and strongly shows malice intent on your part.

      I maybe wrong but your post is quite clear about your allegation.

  • Vic says:

    These are the things that gives us reason not to trust our politicians and leaders. Philippines what will happen to us?

  • alexander graham bell says:

    1. Absuwelto ni Ong si Napoles sa Sandignang Bayan, hindi kaya i-absuwelto ni Ong si Dra. Binay hindi kataka-taka diba?? Isipin mo 2000 pa hangang ngayon wala pang decision si Ong.

    2. OMNi Security & Janitorial Services sa buong Makati – sa lahat ng gusali ng gobyerno naka deploy at pinagpapasasaan ng pamilya Binay.

    3. Makati parking Building, maniniwala ba kayo na ang total na halaga ng pagkakatayo nito ay 2.5 Billion?? Hindi lang halata kasi hinimay-himay ang Kontrata pero pag kinuha mo ang total 2.5 Billion talaga.

    4. BANTAYANItinatayong bagong Ospital Ng Makati sa Malugay St. , bukod sa giniba na ang bagong tayong Ospital, ngayon magpapatayo ng bagong Ospital na ang halaga ay 6 Billion ang aabutin nito!!

    5. TITIGAN!! Makati Science High School sa Barangay Cembo sa kalayaan. 3 Bilyon din ang total na halaga, hindi lang halata dahil hinimay-himay din ang halaga.

    6. Biniling 3 gusali sa BLISS na dapat sana ay Dormitoryo ng mga Teachers na hindi taga-Makati ginawang Hotel ni Binay

    - Milyon-milyong halaga ng pera ng bayan nilulustay ng pamilya ng Binay pero sa sisterhood program kuno!

    - Ay NAKO! Ang dami namang Condo unit ng pamilya BINAY kasi balita namin, lahat ng itinatayong CONDOMINIUM sa MAKATI, hindi ma-aprubahan kung walang lagay na unit sa pamilya Binay!

    - Mga PASUGALAN at PUTAHAN, nagkalat sa Makati ngayon, kasi malaki ang lagay.

    - Kung magyabang ang Binay, marami daw pera ang Makati, pero check nyo sa LandBank , 9 Bilyon lang po ang utang. HAhahaha!!

    - Si Senadora Nancy Binay po kaya, tuloy pa po kaya ang raket niya sa kapirasong cake na ipinadadala sa nag birthday na Senior Citizen na ang sinisigil naman sa City Hall ay triple ang halaga kunpara sa cake ng Red Ribbon.

    - at yung pinatitirahan ni Binay sa mga Leader Politika sa ibat-ibang bahagi ng bansa para sa kanyang ambisyon

    PANAWAGAN LANG PO SA MGA TAGA MAKATI, PANAHON NA PO PARA KAYO AY MAGMASID, AT MAGBANTAY SA GINAGAWANG CORRUPTION NG PAMILYA, NG BINAY SA ATING BAYAN!

  • garenash says:

    1. Absuwelto ni Ong si Napoles sa Sandignang Bayan, hindi kaya i-absuwelto ni Ong si Dra. Binay hindi kataka-taka diba?? Isipin mo 2000 pa hangang ngayon wala pang decision si Ong.
    2. OMNi Security & Janitorial Services sa buong Makati – sa lahat ng gusali ng gobyerno naka deploy at pinagpapasasaan ng pamilya Binay.
    3. Makati parking Building, maniniwala ba kayo na ang total na halaga ng pagkakatayo nito ay 2.5 Billion?? Hindi lang halata kasi hinimay-himay ang Kontrata pero pag kinuha mo ang total 2.5 Billion talaga.
    4. BANTAYANItinatayong bagong Ospital Ng Makati sa Malugay St. , bukod sa giniba na ang bagong tayong Ospital, ngayon magpapatayo ng bagong Ospital na ang halaga ay 6 Billion ang aabutin nito!!
    5. TITIGAN!! Makati Science High School sa Barangay Cembo sa kalayaan. 3 Bilyon din ang total na halaga, hindi lang halata dahil hinimay-himay din ang halaga.
    6. Biniling 3 gusali sa BLISS na dapat sana ay Dormitoryo ng mga Teachers na hindi taga-Makati ginawang Hotel ni Binay
    - Milyon-milyong halaga ng pera ng bayan nilulustay ng pamilya ng Binay pero sa sisterhood program kuno!
    - Ay NAKO! Ang dami namang Condo unit ng pamilya BINAY kasi balita namin, lahat ng itinatayong CONDOMINIUM sa MAKATI, hindi ma-aprubahan kung walang lagay na unit sa pamilya Binay!
    - Mga PASUGALAN at PUTAHAN, nagkalat sa Makati ngayon, kasi malaki ang lagay.
    - Kung magyabang ang Binay, marami daw pera ang Makati, pero check nyo sa LandBank , 9 Bilyon lang po ang utang. HAhahaha!!
    - Si Senadora Nancy Binay po kaya, tuloy pa po kaya ang raket niya sa kapirasong cake na ipinadadala sa nag birthday na Senior Citizen na ang sinisigil naman sa City Hall ay triple ang halaga kunpara sa cake ng Red Ribbon.
    - at yung pinatitirahan ni Binay sa mga Leader Politika sa ibat-ibang bahagi ng bansa para sa kanyang ambisyon
    PANAWAGAN LANG PO SA MGA TAGA MAKATI, PANAHON NA PO PARA KAYO AY MAGMASID, AT MAGBANTAY SA GINAGAWANG CORRUPTION NG PAMILYA, NG BINAY SA ATING BAYAN!

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    Thailand, UK and the Philippines do nothing against this fugitive, who have several complains against him in Angeles City, baretto Subic and Pundaquit.
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