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Janet scooped up 37 bank accounts

P591.45 m withdrawn in just over 6 months

ACCUSED pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles had 37 accounts in several branches of Metrobank with total deposits of P678.45 million at the start of 2010 but withdrew P591.45 million over six months, records show.

A ledger taken from the hard drive of principal whistleblower Benhur Luy showed Napoles had only P87 million left on July 5, 2010 just after the elections in that year.

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The records said Napoles had deposits in the Magdalena (15 accounts), Jose Abad Santos-Mayhaligue (seven accounts) and Ortigas (two accounts) branches of Metrobank.

She also had 13 other accounts in other Metrobank branches all over Metro Manila.

The accounts were under the names of bogus non-government organizations  and foundations set up by Napoles to serve as conduits for lawmakers’ pork barrel. The money went to ghost projects and kickbacks to the lawmakers.

The bogus NGOs and foundations used by Napoles to conceal the pork barrel funds were Saganang Buhay, Karangyaan, Micro Agri Business, Gintong Pangkabuhayan, Abundant Harvest (Magda), Philippine Agri (Magdalena), Ginintuan Alay (Magdalena), Kaupdanan (Magdalena), Tanglaw, Bukirin Tanglaw, Social Development, Dalangpan San Amon, Masaganang Buhay, Kasaganahan. Countrywide Agri and Economic, Agricultura, Agri and Economic, Ginintuang Alayt, PSDFI, POPDF, MAMFI, and Abundant Harvest.

Listed under the heading “Other Accounts” were deposits made in 13 other branches of Metrobank. These were Gintong Aral Pub, Gintong Arab Pub (checking), Magdalena Luy Lim, 1 Kapuso ng Pilipino, Dragon 1.5 Mega Phils. Asia Pacific Gun Club.

Written below the account were: Sotto Office- P10 million, June 29, 2010; P425,000-“Bulaklak”, P5 million- “POGI”, P1.6 million-ALLAN; P3.8 M/1 M/ 5.5 M—LANETE; 2.4 M- CHIONGBIAN; 3.7 M- PLAZA; 2.1M – Valdez.; P50 M- RUBY.

Luy’s files also showed that Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano, then a congressman of Pateros-Taguig, made advances for his project involving a P3 million “supply of communication equipment” with the Department of the Transportation and Communications (DOTC).

The entry read as follows: Proponent: Cong. Allan Peter Cayetano; District: Pateros-Taguig; Project: Supply of Communication Equipment; Agency: DOTC; Amount: P3,000,000.00; SARO: RELEASED.

The entry also indicated that Cayetano made a total of five cash advances from April 25, 2003 up to Sept. 8, 2003. The dates and the cash advances made by Cayetano were : 4/25.2003-P500,000; 4/28/2003- P50,000; P8/25/2003- 2003; 8/25/2003- 37,500 and 9/8/2003- P27,125.00.

Cayetano has denied ever dealing with Napoles or the DOTC project, and said the portions of her affidavit dealing with him were inconsistent and vague.

He also denied as absolutely false the allegation that he received campaign contributions from her.

Cayetano said he suspects that the Justice Department already has a deal with Napoles.

“Why will you sign an affidavit admitting guilt if there is still no deal or there is no guarantee that there is a deal? I can’t answer this, but for me, that’s very obvious,” Cayetano said.

He said Napoles included his name and bogus details because she wanted him to be on the defensive and stop investigating her.

Cayetano who was among the 20 former and incumbent senators named by Napoles in her “final” affidavit submitted to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima.

In an earlier affidavit, Napoles said Cayetano’s uncle, Tito Boy, acted as his agent in a project with the DOTC.

But the project did not push through because she could not afford the “rebates” demanded by Cayetano’s uncle, she said.

Napoles also divulged in her affidavit she contributed to the campaign funds of Cayetano when he sought re-election in the 2013 polls. She said they met at SLICE Restaurant in Fort Bonifacio, Global City, where she personally handed her financial support to Cayetano.

She did not say how much she gave him, however.

Cayetano said Napoles’ affidavit was an admission of guilt.

“That affidavit alone will be enough to convict her of plunder,” he said.

He added that her affidavit was “tailor-fit” for her defense and her appeal for immunity.

While the names of Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile, and Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon Revilla Jr., all facing plunder at the Sandiganbayan, were always mentioned, the names of

other allies of Malacanang also appeared in the list.

Luy’s files included a draft, unsigned letter without a letterhead with the name of Senate President Franklin Drilon, then Senate finance committee chairman.

Drilon’s name was in a draft, unsigned endorsement letter addressed to Budget Secretary Florencio Abad requesting P100 million in financial assistance to the Department of Agrarian Reform for “livelihood projects.”

“The amount will cover the implementation of livelihood projects in various local government units in support to agrarian reform farmers beneficiaries nationwide,” it said.

“SENATOR FRANKLIN DRILON AND FAMILY” also appeared in the list of guests for “MLL 4TH BIRTHDAY IN HEAVEN,” which purportedly refers to the fourth death anniversary of Napoles’ mother.

Drilon had earlier denied knowing Napoles. Later, when a photo surfaced showing him and his wife Mila beside Napoles, he admitted that she was a social acquaintance.

Also in that guest list was “SEC RENE VILLA AND FAMILY,” a possible reference to Drilon ally Rene Villa, who resigned as acting chairman of the Local Water Utilities Administration after he was linked to Napoles. An entry dated 2/24/10 also listed, “Sec. Villa-Office (15 Instruction) – 500,000.00.”

Candaba, Pampanga Mayor Rene Maglanque frequently appeared in Luy’s kickback ledger, supposedly receiving funds ranging from cash advances to legal fees.

Sandra Cam, president of the Whistleblowers’ Association of the Philippines, said it was Maglanque who introduced Napoles to Drilon, a charge Drilon denies.

Senate Blue Ribbon Committee chairman Senator Teofisto Guingona III released to the media Luy’s files after they were submitted to him by the National Bureau of Investigfation on May 28.

State auditors have started to validate Napoles’ claims.

Commission on Audit chairwoman Grace Pulido-Tan said Friday her office has initiated an investigation into the details of the two affidavits submitted recently by Napoles to the Justice Department, extending the scope of its earlier special audit on PDAF allocations from 2007 to 2009.

“We’re validating (Napoles’ claims) against our records,” Tan said, when interviewed by reporters after she faced the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) for her application to the lone vacancy in the Supreme

Court vacated by Associate Justice Roberto Abad, who reached his mandatory retirement age of 70 on May 22.

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