Some celebrities expressed their thoughts regarding Napoles probing in Senate.-File Photo

MANILA NOVEMBER 11, 2013 (PHILSTAR) By Eunice Blanco -Aside from the super typhoon hitting the Visayas and Mindanao region, another issue that Filipinos are closely monitoring is Janet Lim-Napoles’ Senate appearance.

Since the pork barrel scam came out on the public, every Filipino citizen followed this saga and became more critical in every politician’s move and statements.

So now that Napoles finally appeared before the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee today, Nov. 7, what do celebrities have to say? Here are some of their tweets.

Among the celebrities closely monitoring the hearing is Maxene Magalona. She even told her followers who reminded her to calm down, “One more time someone asks me to relax, chill or "kalma lang," please lang. DON'T. We should all feel strongly about this issue. #Napoles”

Janet claim of innocence flooded social media By Camille Diola (philstar.com) | Updated November 7, 2013 - 5:00pm 70 76 googleplus0 0

Janet Lim Napoles wearing a bulletproof vest at the Senate hearing on the pork barrel scam on Thursday, as featured in a meme.

MANILA, Philippines - Within minutes of Janet Lim Napoles' appearance before the Senate committee hearing on the pork barrel scam, memes featuring her claim to innocence flooded social media streams on Thursday.

Users turned to humor after Napoles repeated "'Di ko po alam" and "I invoke my right against self-incrimination" answers to the senators' questions.

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago was also featured in several memes as she took the microphone to throw arguments at Napoles and stole the show.


Napoles keeps mum when quizzed by Santiago By Maila Ager INQUIRER.net
1:03 pm | Thursday, November 7th, 2013


MANILA, Philippines – The alleged mastermind in the P10 billion pork barrel scam faced the Senate for the first time on Thursday to answer the allegations against her.

Janet Lim-Napoles appeared before the Senate blue ribbon committee, which resumed its investigation into controversy at about 10 a.m. Thursday.

Also invited to the hearing were principal whistle-blower Benhur Luy and other witnesses like Luy’s mother, Gertudes, Marina Sula, Merlina Suñas, Simonette Briones, and Mary Arlene Baltazar.

NAPOLES IN THE SENATE Janet Lim-Napoles, the alleged mastermind in the P10 billion pork barrel scam, faces the Senate for the first time Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, to answer the allegations against her. Napoles met with her lawyers from the Public Attorney’s Offic (PAO) briefly to discuss the case. MATIKAS SANTOS/INQUIRER.net

Luy and some of the invited witnesses have appeared in the previous hearing of the committee where they narrated how lawmakers’ Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or “pork barrel” funds were channelled to bogus non-government organizations linked to Napoles.

But Napoles, in the July 13 article of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, strongly denied the allegations.

“I certainly was not involved in any of the high-profile scams which occurred during the previous administration,” the report said, quoting her affidavit prepared by the MOST law firm.

On September 16, the Department of Justice recommended to the Office of the Ombudsman the filing of a plunder complaint against Napoles, Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce-Enrile, Senators Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada and Ramon Bong Revilla Jr., and other congressmen and individuals allegedly involved in the scam.

But the plunder charges in the Ombudsman did not stop the Senate from pursuing its own investigation on the issue.
The committee headed by Senator Teofisto Guingona III summoned Luy and other whistle-blowers in the hearing and issued a subpoena to Napoles.

Napoles denies ‘pork’ dealings with lawmakers By Maila Ager INQUIRER.net 3:11 pm | Thursday, November 7th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines – Janet Lim- Napoles has denied any dealings involving the lawmakers’ Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) also known as “pork barrel”.

“Wala po [There’s none],” Napoles said when asked by Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano during Thursday’s hearing of the Senate blue ribbon committee.

Asked again by Cayetano if she had no PDAF transactions since she became a businesswoman, Napoles refused to answer the question, saying charges have been filed in the Office of the Ombudsman.

Still responding to Cayetano’s queries, Napoles also denied knowing former President and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Napoles, who allegedly masterminded the P10 billion pork barrel scam, denied that she formed 21 foundations which were allegedly used as conduits to funnel the lawmakers’ pork barrel funds.

She also denied any dealings with senators and congressmen, who have been implicated in the scam.

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