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Napoles Had Lunch with Lunch with Noynoy Before She Surrendered

Napoles Had Lunch with Lunch with Noynoy Before She Surrendered

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Published by Abbey B. Canturias
Here's the Francisco S. Tatad opinion piece banned from being circulated at Face Book after the Malacanang media office branded it as malicious and a scam. Indeed, this pork barrel scam continues to unmask those who profited from it, especially some of the protectors of the scam, including senior secretaries of the Office of the President, and probaby, the President himself.
Here's the Francisco S. Tatad opinion piece banned from being circulated at Face Book after the Malacanang media office branded it as malicious and a scam. Indeed, this pork barrel scam continues to unmask those who profited from it, especially some of the protectors of the scam, including senior secretaries of the Office of the President, and probaby, the President himself.

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N.B.>Here under is the full text of Kit Tatad’s opinion article, which Face Bookbanned from being circulated after the Malacanang press section classified it as amalicious scam. I appended the timeline provided by spokesman Edwin Lacierda forquick reference [Edited by Abbey Canturias]
By Francisco S. Tatad | Posted 8 hours ago | 1,885 views
Contrary to what the nation and the rest of the world have been led to believe,President Benigno S. Aquino III spent several hours in “closed- door conversations”with Janet Lim Napoles, the suspected mastermind in the alleged P10-billion porkbarrel scam involving selected opposition lawmakers, before showcasing to themedia her formal “surrender” to “the only person she trusted,” on the evening of August 28, 2013, authoritative sources have revealed. This incredible detail was completely left out of Malacanang’s official statement,which had sought to present Aquino’s meeting with Napoles as no more than a 10-minute affair that ended an otherwise fruitless manhunt of a celebrated fugitivefrom justice, and was witnessed by several Cabinet members and duly recorded forposterity by the Malacanang press office. The revelation is certain to be denied, for obvious reasons, but it comes from highlyauthoritative sources whose loyalty to Aquino is exceeded only by their loyalty tothe truth and who shared the story with extreme pain and sadness. They just couldnot bear what to them is a “grand deception,” a deliberate and cold-blooded
 
attempt to mislead and deceive the people on Malacanang’s real role and interest inthe Napoles case. To them, it affects the whole fabric of morality in government, and ultimatelyAquino’s moral fitness to remain in office.“This is worse than Nixon’s Watergate,” they said. “They’ve taken all of us for aride, with no compunction or remorse. They are all morally bankrupt; they have norespect for the truth.Watergate refers to the 1972 U.S. political scandal, arising from the break-in at theDemocratic National Committee at the Watergate office complex in Washington,D.C. and the Nixon administration’s attempt to cover up its involvement. Iteventually led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon on August 9, 1974, andthe indictment, trial, conviction and jailing of 43 officials, many of them topgovernment officials.Until her celebrated “surrender”, which took the nation by surprise, the 49-year-oldNapoles had been a fugitive, having gone into hiding from August 14 when theMakati Regional Court Branch 150 ordered her and her brother, Reynald “Jojo” Limarrested, in connection with a charge filed by the National Bureau of Investigationfor the alleged serious illegal detention of her 31-year-old cousin and formeremployee Benhur Luy.Luy was an employee of Napoles’s JLN Group of Companies, said to be in charge of several projects funded by the Priority Development Assistance Fund of lawmakers,some of which had been denounced as “scams.” However in March this year,Benhur’s parents Arturo and Gertrudes and siblings Arthur and Annabelle told Justice Secretary Leila de Lima that they had lost contact with him since lastDecember. They believed he was being held against his will by Janet Lim Napolesand her brother Reynald in any of the places they owned or occupied. The Luysasked De Lima’s help in rescuing Benhur.On March 22, 2013, NBI agents “rescued” Benhur and arrested Reynald Lim from aNapoles condominium in the South Wings Gardens of Pacific Plaza Tower atBonifacio Global City. Luy then proceeded to execute affidavits, with five otherwhistle-blowers, describing Napoles’s alleged operations using the PDAF of senatorsand congressmen to fund ghost projects of bogus non-governmental organizations.On April 17, 2013, Napoles wrote the President a letter saying, in part: “We writewith feelings of utmost disappointment, desperateness, and extreme fear for ourlives, as well as those of our loved ones, as a result of the continuous threats,intimidation, and even physical harm being inflicted upon us by severalunscrupulous individuals, in cohorts (sic) with some ‘corrupt’ agents of the NBI.” This letter was reported to have been prepared with the assistance of the ExecutiveSecretarys former law office. The letter was apparently read with uncharacteristic speed—some rather importantletters to the President had been reported lost or gone unread. The next day De
 
Lima directed the NBI to investigate Napoles’s allegations. The NBI denied theallegations.On June 10, the DOJ dismissed the charge of illegal detention against Napoles andher brother for lack of probable cause. But the NBI moved for reconsideration, andthe DOJ granted the motion.On August 14, the Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150 issued a warrant for thearrest of Napoles and her brother. But they immediately went missing.In an interview with a morning broadsheet much later, Aquino said he suspectedNapoles had been tipped off on her impending arrest by somebody in the NBI,adding that the bureau had some “rats” in it—people who were “less trustworthy.”No less than the President was now accusing the NBI of aiding and abetting thesuspect who had earlier accused the bureau of trying to do her harm. Unable totake this from the President, NBI Director Nonnatus Rojas resigned irrevocably onSeptember 2, 2013.By then Benhur Luy had become a primary source of media material aboutNapoles’s alleged P10-billion pork barrel scam over a period of 10 years, involvingsome lawmakers. Fueled by social media, public indignation against the allegedscam reached fever pitch in no time, and provoked massive anti-‘pork’ rallies in thecountry and abroad on Aug. 26. This prompted Aquino to order a manhunt fromManila to Mindanao, and announce a P10-million bounty on Napoles’s head, whichhit the press on the morning of Aug. 28. The Philippine Coast Guard, despite its limited capability, immediately launched itssearch for three “missing” yachts which Napoles reportedly owned and could haveused to cross international waters. But on that very same day the fugitive turned upin Malacañang and surrenderedto the President.Here is the official chronology of the day’s events, as Lacierda presented it to thepublic:August 28, 201312:37 pm—Reacting to Malacañang’s announcement of a bounty on Napoles’s head,her lawyer Lorna Kapunan said on television her client was willing to surrender.Lacierda heard the statement and called up Kapunan to confirm. (Lacierda andKapunan used to work together in the same law firm around 1989-91.) Kapunanconfirmed her statement, but said her client did not trust anyone and wouldsurrender to Aquino only. Lacierda reported the conversation to Aquino, whoreportedly said, “This is just another lead.”4:06 pm—Kapunan called up Lacierda to say that her client was ready to surrender,provided her security was assured. Lacierda reported to Aquino, and the latter toldInterior and Local Government Secretary Roxas to provide the necessary securitymeasures. Lacierda said he was directed (he did not say by whom) to rendezvouswith Kapunan in the vicinity of Pasong Tamo in Makati.6:50 pm—Lacierda, accompanied by deputy spokesperson Abigal Valte andCommunications Undersecretary Manolo Quezon III, left Malacanan on a vehicle

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