Coast Guard divers prepare to check the pipeline the MV Makisig used to unload diesel oil to the Petron terminal in Rosario, Cavite. PHOTO BY RENE H. DILAN

MANILA, AUGUST 19, 2013 (INQUIRER) By Julliane De Jesus - A freeze order was issued Friday by the Court of Appeals (CA) covering the accounts of Janet Lim-Napoles, the alleged brains behind the P10-billion “pork barrel” scam.

The appellate court froze the bank assets of Napoles including those owned by her immediate family members, relatives, Janet Lim-Napoles (JLN) Corporation personnel and nongovernment organizations (NGOs) affiliated with the businesswoman.

Napoles, now tagged by the Department of Justice (DOJ) as a “high-profile fugitive,” is currently declared missing along with her brother Reynald “Jojo” Lim after an arrest warrant were issued against them on the grounds of serious illegal detention filed by the 10-billion pork barrel scam whistle-blower Benhur K. Luy. No further details were provided as of posting time.

Cruz warns priests against harboring Napoles, brother By Jocelyn R. Uy Philippine Daily Inquirer 6:00 pm | Friday, August 16th, 2013 5

MANILA, Philippines–Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz (photo) on Friday warned priests and bishops against providing refuge to fugitive businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles, the alleged mastermind of the P10-billion pork barrel scam, saying the Church’s “law of sanctuary” does not apply to her.

In an interview with reporters on Friday, Cruz explained that the Church can only provide sanctuary to individuals whom it perceives to be innocent and unjustly prosecuted.

“It applies only to people who churchmen and churchwomen perceive to be innocent and unjustly prosecuted by the powers that be,” said Cruz, a former head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.

“But the qualities in the law does not apply to [Napoles] … she is not poor, she is not weak and in fact, it’s hard to say that she is presumed innocent,” he said.

Cruz pointed out that there had been many occasions when the Church had taken in personalities involved in controversies but these people were helpless whistle-blowers being pursued by the government.|

He cited Rodolfo “Jun” Lozada Jr., who exposed the allegedly overpriced $329-million national broadband network deal during the Arroyo administration and “jueteng” whistle-blowers Sandra Cam and Wilfredo “Boy” Mayor, who was murdered in 2010.

Napoles’ case, however, was different, said Cruz. “The pork barrel system is a corrupt and a corrupting practice. I personally would not extend the law of asylum to the Napoles character because she is not weak and it’s hard to presume her innocence,” he stressed.

He said his fellow bishops and priests must heed his advice not to offer protection to Napoles in case she knocked on their doors and, instead, convince her to surrender to authorities.

“I think a number of priests, bishops and nuns know that the pork barrel system is the source of graft and corruption [so] if they give her sanctuary, they could be considered as partners in the crime. That’s not acceptable,” said Cruz.

He also added that if Napoles claimed that she was innocent, she should face the law. “I would advise that if you did not commit any offense, face the law and surrender and let the justice system take its due course,” said the senior prelate.

On Wednesday, warrants of arrest were issued against Napoles and her brother Reynaldo “Jojo” Lim for the alleged serious illegal detention of Benhur Luy, the principal whistle-blower in the alleged pork barrel scam masterminded by the businesswoman.

The National Bureau of Investigation has yet to capture Napoles and her brother, who were apparently tipped off about the arrest warrants issued Wednesday by a branch of the Makati City Regional Trial Court.

Napoles owns 28 houses 17 NBI teams hunting down fugitives with many addresses By Fe Zamora Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:48 am | Friday, August 16th, 2013

IS SHE HERE? This house on San Isidro Street, Ayala Alabang Village, Muntinlupa City, is allegedly one of the 28 real-estate properties owned by fugitive Janet Lim-Napoles. JOSEPH AGCAOILI

It’s hard to find a fugitive who owns at least 28 houses in the country.
The National Bureau of Investigation will have to deploy more agents than usual to find and arrest fugitive Janet Lim-Napoles if she is hiding in one of (at least) 28 homes and condo units she has acquired in Metro Manila, Laguna, Cavite, Batangas and other parts of Luzon.

Napoles’ residential properties range from her long-time home in Biñan, Laguna province, to a house in Ayala Alabang Village in Muntinlupa City, one house each in Forbes Park and in Dasmariñas Village in Makati City, units in Serendra and Pacific Plaza Towers in Bonifacio Global City and in Eastwood City in Quezon City, and houses in Tagaytay Highlands and Punta Fuego in Nasugbu.

The INQUIRER came to know of these real-estate assets from the registration papers her firm JLN Corp. and Magdalena Luy-Lim Foundation had filed in the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and from the information that Benhur K. Luy, a second cousin of Napoles, furnished the NBI.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima also mentioned Napoles’ residential properties in a press briefing on Thursday.
Napoles’ brother Reynald “Jojo” Lim and daughter Jeane also own real-estate properties in California.

MAHOGANY Street, Dasmariñas Village, Makati City Joseph Agcaoili

A branch of the Makati City Regional Trial Court issued on Wednesday a warrant for the arrest of Napoles, the alleged brains behind the P10-billion pork barrel scam, and her brother for allegedly detaining Luy for three months until the NBI rescued him last March.

Bright pink home

In Biñan, Laguna, one cannot miss Napoles’ house on Ma. Teresa Street in South City Homes. Aside from the barangay outpost that serves as landmark, the house stands out because it is painted bright pink.
But the house of her mother, Magdalena Luy-Lim, on Iligan Street in the same subdivision is discreetly tucked behind a concrete fence just as high as the one-story bungalow. Her mother passed away in 2008.
The house on Ma. Teresa Street was used by Napoles as her postal address when she first registered her JLN Corp. in the SEC in April 1999. Fellow incorporator, Napoles’ aunt Gertrudes Luy, also used the same address.
Napoles’ mother, who was also a JLN incorporator, used Block 40, Lot 28 Iligan St., South City Homes as her address. She shared the same address with fellow incorporators Anabelle Luy and Nathaniel Tan.

Ayala Alabang

TWO units in Pacific Plaza Towers in Taguig City. NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

Five years later, in 2005, Napoles used a new address in the documents she filed in the SEC. That year, she said she was also a resident of 635 San Isidro St. in Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City.

All the other JLN officers and incorporators used their same addresses at South City Homes.

Napoles acquired another house on 52 Lapu-lapu St. in Magallanes Village, Makati City. A low structure surrounded by trees, the house has been converted into a retreat house for priests close to Napoles.

The house at 52 Lapu-lapu St. was used as the address of Aiza N. Macatapang, an incorporator of JLN Construction and Development Corp., one of the firms allegedly owned by Napoles. It was in this house that Luy spent most of his time during his detention.

24-hour CCTV in Dasma

With its granite walls, remote-controlled gate and 24-hour CCTV, the house on Mahogany Street in Dasmariñas Village has become a sort of a mystery to some residents.

“The renovation took some months and we heard it’s being rented out,” a resident said.

Napoles and her husband, retired Maj. Jaime Napoles, are current residents of this house on 1588 Mahogany St., said Luy, one of the six whistle-blowers in the alleged pork barrel scam.

Luy said Napoles also owned a house at 9 Narra St. in Forbes Park, Makati City. The house on Narra Street is the address used by Msgr. Josefino Ramirez, president of the Magdalena Luy Lim Charity Foundation, which Napoles established in memory of her mother.

2 units in Pacific Plaza

In a round-table discussion with the INQUIRER on Aug. 8, Napoles said she was a resident of Pacific Plaza Towers in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Luy said Napoles owned two units at the posh condominium.

According to a list furnished by Luy, his cousin Napoles owned more than 30 houses, condominiums and farm estates in Metro Manila, Batangas, Pangasinan, Cebu and in Kidapawan, North Cotabato.

The list includes a house and lot in Punta Fuego in Nasugbu, Batangas, and a house in Tagaytay Highlands Messa Verde Woodridge, a unit in Serendra in Global City and at least a dozen lots in the AFPOVAI (Armed Forces of the Philippines Officers Village Inc.) in Taguig City.

ADB Avenue, Greenbelt

Luy said Napoles also owned a unit in Citiland MegaPlaza on ADB Avenue.

LAPU-LAPU Street, Magallanes Village, Makati City Joseph Agcaoili

Her brother, Reynald, used the address 2335 Mega Plaza, ADB Avenue, Ortigas, Pasig City in the incorporation papers of the Magdalena Luy Lim Foundation.

In Makati City, Luy said Napoles also owned Unit 8J, of Eton Residences at Greenbelt, Makati City; Unit 9D at Eastwood Lafayette in Libis, Quezon City; and Units 804 to 809 at the Dakota Mansion on General Malvar Street in Malate, Manila.

Luy said his cousin was also able to invest in a farm in San Juan, Batangas, and another farm in Pangasinan; a hectare in BF Homes in Parañaque City, a warehouse in Taguig City and lots in Batangas, Mactan in Cebu and in Poblacion, Kidapawan, North Cotabato.

Properties in US

In a report by online news site Rappler, two US companies with three California-based properties have been linked to Napoles’ brother Reynald.

It cited records posted on the California Secretary of State website, which shows Lim as the owner of Western Investment Corp. and Western Ventures Management Inc.

Western Investment Corp. has listed its address at 620 W Orangewood Ave. in Anaheim, a 25,081-square-foot property purchased in September 2006 for $7 million.

Western Ventures Management Inc. has two properties associated with it—one at 1945 E Cienega Avenue in Covina, a 4,956-square-foot property bought in June 2007 for $1.2 million, and a family home at 32 Wedgewood in Irvine, purchased in July 2007 for P1.4 million.

Napoles’s daughter, Jeane, was also named as the owner of Unit 37I at Ritz-Carlton Residences, a luxury apartment in Los Angeles.

Luxuryrealestate.com lists five units at Ritz-Carlton with an average price of $2 million each. With a report from Inquirer Research

NBI List of Napoles’ Vehicles
Philippine Daily Inquirer
2:46 am | Friday, August 16th, 2013

Note: The year models on the list were not indicated, so prices below would vary even more. The amounts approximate prices of local grey market importers online, since these are not being sold locally by official distributors and thus are not necessarily brand new.

Porsche Cayenne P6.9M to over P10M
(list did not indicate what type) Prices range from P2.58M to P16M
Isuzu Crosswind Pearl P1.02M
BMW (no type indicated) Prices range from P2.28M to P11.5M
Chevrolet Tahoe P3,338,888
Hyundai Grand Starex P1.28M to P1.85M
Toyota Innova P829,000
to P1.24M
Toyota Hilux P694,000
to P1.48M
Toyota Landcruiser P4.37M to P4.39M
Toyota Prado P2.9M to P3.78M
Toyota Previa P2.45M to P2.60M
Toyota Vios P592,000 to P862,000
Toyota Altis P814,000 to P1.16M
Honda Civic P908,000 to P1.16M
Honda CR-V P1.28M to P1.54M
Mitsubishi L300 P565,000 to P747,000
Land Rover Defender P4M
Mitsubishi Strada P870,000 to P1.34M
Suzuki P769,000 to P1.3M
Hummer: P3M to P4M
Ford E-150 P2.01M
Range Rover
Autobiography P14M
GMC Savana P2.5M to P5M

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