'PORK' CHARGES TO BE FILED VS ENRILE, JINGGOY, BONG AFTER OMBUDSMAN RETURNS FROM U.S. TRIP

The Ombudsman is set to file plunder and graft charges against three senators over the pork barrel scam once its head Conchita Carpio-Morales returns to the country, Radyo Inquirer Radio 990AM reported on Saturday. The report said Morales was abroad for a conference.
A separate television report said the Ombudsman left for the US on Saturday to attend a two-week conference on corruption. The Radyo Inquirer report quoted Morales as saying the charges would need to be signed by her before these would be filed before the Sandiganbayan.
The Office of the Ombudsman has recommended plunder and graft charges against Senators Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada and Juan Ponce Enrile, and several other officials over the pork barrel scam, an elaborate scheme of allegedly diverting the Priority Development Assistance Funds (PDAF) to ghost projects for kickbacks.
The funds were allegedly coursed through the bogus non-government organizations of Janet Lim-Napoles, the accused mastermind of the scam.READ MORE...

ALSO: 25 senators on Luy list; Estrada, Revilla, Enrile biggest pork beneficiaries

The names of 25 past and present senators are in the digital files of whistle-blower Benhur Luy detailing transactions Janet Lim-Napoles made from 2002 to 2012—a period during which she channeled congressional Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) allocations to ghost projects and kickbacks. The entries were made upon the instruction of Napoles to Luy, who was then her finance officer. The files were copied by the Inquirer from a hard disk drive (HDD) that Luy’s parents handed over during a visit to its newsroom last year to ask for help in exposing the alleged plunder of state funds by Napoles and her highly placed clients. Luy said his parents did not know the explosive contents of the disk drive. The files showed that the funds were from projects for members of the Commission on Appointments, the minority bloc in the House of Representatives of 2003, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), savings from the Department of Agriculture, Department of Agrarian Reforms, allocation for the Senate President Pro Tempore, majority floor leader, and for budget insertions. The records showed that 15 incumbent senators had transactions with Napoles: Juan Ponce Enrile, Ramon Revilla Jr., Jinggoy Estrada, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Vicente “Tito” Sotto, Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Gringo Honasan, Loren Legarda, Aquilino Pimentel III, Manuel “Lito” Lapid, Cynthia Villar, JV Ejercito, Franklin Drilon, Ralph Recto and Alan Peter Cayetano. Also in the records were the names of former Senators Edgardo Angara, Manny Villar, Tessie Oreta, Nene Pimentel, Rodolfo Biazon, Robert Jaworski, Robert Barbers, Loi Estrada, Ramon Magsaysay and Ramon Revilla Sr. Luy’s records also showed that Enrile, Revilla and Estrada were Napoles’ longtime clients.READ MORE...

ALSO: Complete records of Benhur Luy bared

20,000 digital files contain names, details of pork deals: When they came to the Inquirer on April 27, 2013, the parents of Benhur Luy—Gertrudes and Arturo—gave us a hard drive containing the complete files of their son while in the employ of their cousin Janet Lim-Napoles as her finance officer. The Luys, together with Benhur’s siblings Arthur and Annabel, came to the Inquirer to ask for help for their son to expose the plunder of people’s money by Napoles and her highly placed clients in the government. The Inquirer copied the contents of the hard drive that had 20,103 files held in 2,156 folders during the period 2002 to 2012. Napoles knew that Benhur kept complete records of her transactions upon her strict instructions. Surrendering the laptop containing the business transactions of JLN Corp., where Benhur was finance officer, was the condition set by Napoles and her brother Reynald Lim for his family to be allowed to see Benhur after they allegedly illegally detained him on Dec. 19, 2012. On March 22, agents of the National Bureau of Investigation’s Special Task Force rescued Benhur from the Napoles condominium unit in Pacific Plaza Towers in Taguig City. What Napoles did not know then was that Benhur had made a backup file on the hard drive where amounts of kickbacks given to lawmakers and other government officials were recorded in detail.READ MORE...

ALSO: More than 150 solons in Luy’s pork records; P4B in PDAF handed to Napoles

More than 150 past and present members of the House of Representatives are named in the computer records of Janet Lim-Napoles’ former finance officer Benhur Luy detailing transactions in which Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) allocations were allegedly diverted to ghost projects and kickbacks. Luy’s records showed that close to P4 billion worth of PDAF-funded projects from 2002 to 2012 were coursed through various implementing agencies, with the funds landing in the bank accounts of Napoles’ companies and nongovernment organizations (NGOs). Some of the congressmen in Luy’s records have been charged by the National Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice in the Office of the Ombudsman. A copy of the hard-disk drive (HDD) containing the files of Luy was given to the Inquirer when Luy’s parents, accompanied by their former lawyer, Levito Baligod, visited the newspaper on April 27, 2013, to request assistance in exposing Napoles’ activities. In addition to the HDD, Luy also provided the Inquirer with additional documents of transactions of lawmakers with Napoles and her fake organizations. The Inquirer is running the names and details of their alleged transactions with Napoles in several installments due to space constraints.

ALSO: Luy’s records at a glance; Even P3,000 lanzones entered in pork books

By the time the pork barrel scam was exposed last year, the public funds described in the digital records of Benhur Luy as proceeds of “sales” far exceeded the estimated P10 billion that allegedly landed in the various bank accounts of Janet Lim-Napoles, her companies and their subsidiaries. The amount was culled by the Inquirer from more than 500 special allotment release orders (Saros) for more than 100 lawmakers, including former and current members of the Senate and the House of Representatives, on the hard disk drive (HDD) containing records of Napoles’ business transactions. The funds were from projects for the Department of Transportation and Communications, Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Agrarian Reform, fertilizer projects, GMA rice inputs, insertions, farm-to-market road projects and the Malampaya gas fund intended for typhoon victims.
The digital records of Benhur Luy, Napoles’ finance officer before he turned whistle-blower, were made available to the Inquirer when his family visited the Inquirer on April 27, 2013. The records showed Napoles had access to not less than P1 billion kept in placements, foreign currency and savings accounts. Napoles’ husband, Jaime, a former Marine major, contrary to reports that he was not a part of his wife’s activities, received a commission of P200,000 from a DA project in 2005. The records were so meticulous they covered anywhere from purchases of lanzones and McDonald burgers to a car for boxing icon Manny Pacquiao’s rumored girlfriend.READ MORE...


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‘Pork’ charges to be filed vs 3 senators after Ombudsman returns from US trip

MANILA, MAY 19, 2014 (INQUIRER)



Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The Ombudsman is set to file plunder and graft charges against three senators over the pork barrel scam once its head Conchita Carpio-Morales returns to the country, Radyo Inquirer Radio 990AM reported on Saturday.

The report said Morales was abroad for a conference.

A separate television report said the Ombudsman left for the US on Saturday to attend a two-week conference on corruption.

The Radyo Inquirer report quoted Morales as saying the charges would need to be signed by her before these would be filed before the Sandiganbayan.

The Office of the Ombudsman has recommended plunder and graft charges against Senators Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada and Juan Ponce Enrile, and several other officials over the pork barrel scam, an elaborate scheme of allegedly diverting the Priority Development Assistance Funds (PDAF) to ghost projects for kickbacks.

The funds were allegedly coursed through the bogus non-government organizations of Janet Lim-Napoles, the accused mastermind of the scam.

25 senators on Luy list; Estrada, Revilla, Enrile biggest pork beneficiaries By Nancy C. Carvajal Philippine Daily Inquirer 2:36 am | Wednesday, May 14th, 2014


CHAMBER IN CRISIS. Where are its defenders? The Senate membership has come under assault following revelations linking some of its key members to the P10-billion pork barrel scam supposedly masterminded by Janet Lim-Napoles. INQUIRER PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The names of 25 past and present senators are in the digital files of whistle-blower Benhur Luy detailing transactions Janet Lim-Napoles made from 2002 to 2012—a period during which she channeled congressional Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) allocations to ghost projects and kickbacks.

The entries were made upon the instruction of Napoles to Luy, who was then her finance officer. The files were copied by the Inquirer from a hard disk drive (HDD) that Luy’s parents handed over during a visit to its newsroom last year to ask for help in exposing the alleged plunder of state funds by Napoles and her highly placed clients.

Luy said his parents did not know the explosive contents of the disk drive.

The files showed that the funds were from projects for members of the Commission on Appointments, the minority bloc in the House of Representatives of 2003, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), savings from the Department of Agriculture, Department of Agrarian Reforms, allocation for the Senate President Pro Tempore, majority floor leader, and for budget insertions.

The records showed that 15 incumbent senators had transactions with Napoles: Juan Ponce Enrile, Ramon Revilla Jr., Jinggoy Estrada, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Vicente “Tito” Sotto, Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Gringo Honasan, Loren Legarda, Aquilino Pimentel III, Manuel “Lito” Lapid, Cynthia Villar, JV Ejercito, Franklin Drilon, Ralph Recto and Alan Peter Cayetano.

Also in the records were the names of former Senators Edgardo Angara, Manny Villar, Tessie Oreta, Nene Pimentel, Rodolfo Biazon, Robert Jaworski, Robert Barbers, Loi Estrada, Ramon Magsaysay and Ramon Revilla Sr.

Luy’s records also showed that Enrile, Revilla and Estrada were Napoles’ longtime clients.

Enrile is on record as having used P683 million from 2004 to 2012. But this is still an incomplete figure. The Inquirer still has to complete checking Luy’s records on Enrile’s total PDAF disbursements to Napoles NGOs.

Revilla used a total of P1.2 billion, again a figure that is still incomplete as the Inquirer continues to check the Luy files.

Estrada tops them all at P1.6 billion, which is still an incomplete figure as the Inquirer continues its examination of the records.

Apart from being regular clients of Napoles since 2004, the three senators were also the biggest contributors to the pork barrel funded projects who repeatedly funneled billions of funds to her bogus nongovernment organizations (NGOs). They received at least 50 percent in kickbacks of each project, the files showed.

First senator-client

Lapid was the first senator to become a client of Napoles. He was then governor of Pampanga. At that time, he received a total of P1,132,500 total cash advance—in US dollars and pesos—on Dec. 20, 2002, March 23, 2003, and May 7, 2003.

The first transaction with Lapid, according to the records, was P500,000 on Dec. 20, 2005, with the remarks “given at the Manila Hotel.”

In another deal, described as a Commission on Appointment project under the Department of Agriculture, Region 3, but realigned to Guagua, Pampanga, Lapid allocated P5 million and received a “rebate” of P2 million representing 40 percent of the project, the records showed.

Cayetano returned money

Luy’s records showed that Cayetano allocated P3 million of his PDAF while he was the Taguig-Pateros representative in 2003 intended for communication supply with the DOTC as implementing agency.

The records also showed a cash advance of P639,625 was received by “VLL,” but other details in the records showed that P500,000 of the amount was returned by Cayetano to JLN, Napoles’ company. Luy in earlier interviews with the Inquirer said Cayetano declined to enter into transactions with Napoles.

Santiago in a letter dated Sept. 5, 2005, and addressed to a Dennis Araullo, regional executive director of the Department of Agriculture, allocated P5 million to Cabadbaran, Agusan del Norte, for financial assistance to coffee growers under ASA-no. 101-2005-315 dated June 14, 2005.

Santiago’s rebate

On the same date, under Voucher No. 09-4780, Zenaida Ducut also received “cash bonus from Sen. Miriam Defensor P10 m project DA savings .05 the amount of P100 thousand.”

On the Sept. 30, 2005, entry of Luy’s financial records, under the heading JLN cash/ check disbursement, showed that Ducut, the current Energy Regulatory Commission chair, received the rebate in behalf of Santiago.

“Full payment received charged from (Santiago) DA savings the amount of P2.5 million under voucher 09-4779,” the records indicated.

Marcos, a first-term senator allocated P360 million of his PDAF in 2011 and 2012 covered by 10 special allocation release orders (Saros) through the government-owned National Livelihood Development Corp. (NLDC) as the implementing agency and designated local government units (LGUSs) as conduits to the Napoles organizations.

Sotto, senator from 1992 to 2004 and who returned for another term in 2010, also funneled from 2010 to 2012 P228 million of his pork barrel funds to Napoles NGOs through the NLDC and selected LGUs. Sotto also repeatedly assigned the same towns and cities as recipients of his PDAF from 2010 to 2012 with Napoles NGOs as beneficiaries under 12 Saros.

Legarda, a senator from 1998 to 2004 and again in 2007, also allocated P200 million of her PDAF in 2010, 2011 and 2012 to NLDC, LGU and Napoles’s NGOs as beneficiaries. Legarda’s allocations were covered by eight Saros.

Honasan channeled P107 million of his PDAF to Napoles groups twice, through the NLDC on Sept, 18, 2009 and to the DA on April 1, 2008.

‘For Gringo Honasan’

On Oct. 22, 2009, another Luy document stated that P1.750 million was transferred to an account of JLN Corp. at the Metrobank Ortigas branch “for Gringo Honasan.”

Sen. Cynthia Villar supposedly received P500,000 as kickback allocated for members of the House minority bloc in 2003 with the DOTC as the implementing agency and Jo-Chris Trading as the link to Napoles.

JV Ejercito allocated P5 million through the Department of Interior and Local government when he was still San Juan representative in 2011, the records showed.

Also on the file was a letter supposedly from Recto dated Aug. 30, 2010, for Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes in which he requested P10 million for agrarian reform projects nationwide. No other record on Recto appears in Luy’s files.

In one of Luy’s records under the CA-DA 2005 allocations, Drilon was listed to have been allocated P5 million as head of the Commission on Appointments.

One of the letters in Luy’s files showed that Drilon wrote to budget Secretary Florencio Abad on Nov. 22, 2011, and requested for P100-million financial assistance, to be coursed through the DAR secretary. But according to Luy, speaking through his lawyer, Raji Mendoza, “the letter was drafted but no transactions took place, as far as his recollection” was concerned.

An April 3, 2007, entry in Luy’s records showed that Angara allocated P50 million of his PDAF in 2007 to 10 municipalities in Mindanao as beneficiaries.

Senator Manny Villar in 2003 with his allocation from the Congressional Initiatives Funds and the DOTC as the implementing agency procured equipment supplied by Jo-Chris Trading, owned by Napoles.

Pimentel’s cash advances

In 2003 and 2004, then Sen. Nene Pimentel allegedly funneled his PDAF to Napoles organizations and received cash advances of totaling P7.6 million in cash and checks all received by a Mon Arcenas between Sept. 9, 2003 and Nov. 6, 2003. The entry also showed that a delivery of a check “was at the Senate.”

Oreta, in 2003, allocated P45 million to various soft projects and received P10,890.00 as “cash advance received by Caloy and Johnny,” but Luy’s record showed that she returned the money. The entry also stated that a balance of P1 million was to be returned by Brian Yamsuan, Oreta’s chief of staff, and the project would be completed by another contractor.

Oreta also was included in the list of lawmakers in the DOTC project allocation of P4.5 million.

Biazon, now Muntinlupa Representative, allocated P92 million of his PDAF in 2004 and 2008 using various agents under implementing agencies Technology Resource Center and the DA based on cash releases records of Luy.

Former Sen. Loi Ejercito was also among the lawmakers who allocated the most number of pork barrel projects to Napoles’ NGOs between 2004 and 2008 using P285 million of taxpayers’ money.

Jaworksi in 2003 and 2004 allocated P29.l25 million of his PDAF to Napoles NGOs through LGUs in Mindanao and also to the DOTC.

Magsaysay allocated P4 million to two provinces in 2004-2005 through the Napoles organizations.

Revilla Sr. allocated P169.07 million of his PDAF in projects “nationwide” in 2003 and 2004. His cash advances were in manager’s check and cash received by a Rowena Mendiola. Other cash advances were given by Napoles herself, the records showed.

Barbers, who died in 2005, allocated P89 million of his PDAF in 2003 and 2004 in a “nationwide” project. His cash advances were received by a “Canda” and an “Atty. Laloy.”—With Inquirer Research

Complete records of Benhur Luy bared By Nancy C. Carvajal Philippine Daily Inquirer
3:14 am | Monday, May 12th, 2014

20,000 digital files contain names, details of pork deals


Benhur Luy: Main whistle-blower of pork racket. INQUIRER PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—When they came to the Inquirer on April 27, 2013, the parents of Benhur Luy—Gertrudes and Arturo—gave us a hard drive containing the complete files of their son while in the employ of their cousin Janet Lim-Napoles as her finance officer.
The Luys, together with Benhur’s siblings Arthur and Annabel, came to the Inquirer to ask for help for their son to expose the plunder of people’s money by Napoles and her highly placed clients in the government.

The Inquirer copied the contents of the hard drive that had 20,103 files held in 2,156 folders during the period 2002 to 2012.

Napoles knew that Benhur kept complete records of her transactions upon her strict instructions.

Surrendering the laptop containing the business transactions of JLN Corp., where Benhur was finance officer, was the condition set by Napoles and her brother Reynald Lim for his family to be allowed to see Benhur after they allegedly illegally detained him on Dec. 19, 2012.

On March 22, agents of the National Bureau of Investigation’s Special Task Force rescued Benhur from the Napoles condominium unit in Pacific Plaza Towers in Taguig City.

What Napoles did not know then was that Benhur had made a backup file on the hard drive where amounts of kickbacks given to lawmakers and other government officials were recorded in detail.

Benhur’s parents were accompanied to the Inquirer by another JLN employee, Merlina Suñas, who also turned whistle-blower, his longtime friend Flor Villanueva and Benhur’s former lawyer Levito Baligod.

The Inquirer discovered that close to 200 people, including lawmakers, department heads, a former Supreme Court justice, popular media personalities, heads of government-owned and -controlled corporations, government employees of various agencies, local government officials, lawyers, military officials, show-biz personalities, employees of the Senate and the House of Representatives, and private individuals received money from Napoles based on the records of Benhur.

Benhur’s records showed that transactions of lawmakers were of two categories. One, there were legislators who repeatedly funneled huge funds to Napoles organizations and personally received kickbacks from her. Two, there were legislators who allocated a minimal amount of their pork barrel funds through agents and representatives.

Kickback deliveries

Kickbacks were handed out using various methods—through bank fund transfers, checks, cash delivered to their houses or picked up at the JLN office in Discovery Center in Ortigas, Pasig City, the Benhur records also showed.

Other places indicated as venues for deliveries of kickbacks were hotels, restaurants and coffee shops.

Some legislators received kickbacks in foreign currency, the files showed.

The Inquirer found in the computer files records of financial transactions, bank documents, bank transfers, cash and check disbursements, letters of endorsements, memorandums of agreement, acceptance letters, list of properties, money transfers, auditor’s reports, private letters, insurance policies, prayers, photographs, project proposals, check disbursements, bank placements, bank deposits, drafts of various communications, special allocation release order numbers, guests lists and payrolls of JLN employees, including Benhur’s.

The hard drive contained JLN Corp. bank account numbers and balances. The records also showed that Napoles controlled 21 foundations—not 20 as earlier reported—and a publishing company, Golden Publishing Corp.

The records further showed that Napoles knew some of the personalities of other equally questionable organizations, which were also beneficiaries of hundreds of millions of pesos from some legislators.

Benhur’s records were among the evidence submitted by the National Bureau of Investigation to the Office of the Ombudsman as part of the evidence in plunder cases filed against Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., Jinggoy Estrada and 74 others.

Other sources of scams

Benhur’s records showed that apart from the estimated P10-billion Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) allocations and the Malampaya Fund, other public funds were also sources of kickbacks for the lawmakers through Napoles.

The other sources were budget insertions, allocations for hard projects like farm-to-market roads, appropriation funds for calamity, nationwide equipment enhancement programs and department savings.

Budget for members of the Commission on Appointments and media blitz of some government organizations were also financed by Napoles.

It also contained records of Napoles’ properties and houses, payments of club shares, bank accounts, security and treasury bonds, and the JLN Corp. minimal payments made to the Bureau of Internal Revenue.

The records also have detailed information on how much and when and how Napoles sent millions of dollars to the United States to purchase properties and finance the lifestyle of her daughter abroad.

The hard drive also contained names of guest lists for Napoles parties like the JLN office anniversary, wedding anniversary and other family celebrations.

It also contained songs for Mass and photos of Benhur with friends.

Apart from the hard drive, Benhur also provided additional documents to the Inquirer to support the information retrieved from the hard drive.

Benhur, speaking through his lawyer Raji Mendoza, explained that those who transacted with Napoles involved “rebates or commission.”

Benhur, through Mendoza, was informed of the Inquirer’s decision to release the content of the hard drive.

“We hope that the release of the records of my client will be the catalyst that will challenge public officials to be more circumspect in the use of public funds,” Mendoza said.

More than 150 solons in Luy’s pork records; P4B in PDAF handed to Napoles By Nancy C. Carvajal Philippine Daily Inquirer 2:44 am | Monday, May 19th, 2014

MANILA, Philippines—More than 150 past and present members of the House of Representatives are named in the computer records of Janet Lim-Napoles’ former finance officer Benhur Luy detailing transactions in which Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) allocations were allegedly diverted to ghost projects and kickbacks.

Luy’s records showed that close to P4 billion worth of PDAF-funded projects from 2002 to 2012 were coursed through various implementing agencies, with the funds landing in the bank accounts of Napoles’ companies and nongovernment organizations (NGOs).
Some of the congressmen in Luy’s records have been charged by the National Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice in the Office of the Ombudsman.

A copy of the hard-disk drive (HDD) containing the files of Luy was given to the Inquirer when Luy’s parents, accompanied by their former lawyer, Levito Baligod, visited the newspaper on April 27, 2013, to request assistance in exposing Napoles’ activities.

In addition to the HDD, Luy also provided the Inquirer with additional documents of transactions of lawmakers with Napoles and her fake organizations.

The Inquirer is running the names and details of their alleged transactions with Napoles in several installments due to space constraints.

Luy’s records also showed that the congressmen allegedly received kickbacks personally or through conduits or agents.

Some of the lawmakers received their kickbacks either in cash—in pesos or foreign currency—or in checks right in the session hall, restaurants, at Napoles’ JLN office in Discovery Suites at Ortigas Center in Pasig City, or their residences, according to the records.

The records also showed that “rebates or commissions” for some congressmen were personally delivered by Luy.
Only two congressmen have “fully implemented projects” in the records of Luy.

Aurora Rep. Bellaflor Angara-Castillo, Luy’s records indicated, had her P5-million PDAF-funded project with the Department of Transportation and Communications as the implementing agency “implemented.”

The same entry, under Castillo, showed that on July 19, 2003, a MITA copier was listed in particular and the mode of payment was “substitution.” The current price of a four-in-one copier is placed at P56,000.

Some of the lawmakers allegedly received their kickbacks in kind, like sports utility vehicles, the monthly amortizations on which were paid by Napoles with funds taken from the various bank accounts of the fake organizations that served as depositories of the lawmakers’ pork barrel.

Some of the congressmen also received their kickbacks through bank transfers.

The records also showed that current Energy Regulatory Commission Chair Zenaida Ducut, who was Pampanga’s second district representative in 2001-2004, served as the top agent of Napoles in Congress.

Luy’s records also showed that most of the congressmen received 40-percent commissions from their total PDAF allocations.

The records showed that Napoles deducted another 5 percent from the total cost of the project she claimed “for tax payments.”

Luy’s records at a glance; Even P3,000 lanzones entered in pork books By Nancy C. Carvajal Philippine Daily Inquirer 3:35 am | Tuesday, May 13th, 2014
 


Whistle-blower Benhur Luy. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO


MANILA, Philippines—By the time the pork barrel scam was exposed last year, the public funds described in the digital records of Benhur Luy as proceeds of “sales” far exceeded the estimated P10 billion that allegedly landed in the various bank accounts of Janet Lim-Napoles, her companies and their subsidiaries.

The amount was culled by the Inquirer from more than 500 special allotment release orders (Saros) for more than 100 lawmakers, including former and current members of the Senate and the House of Representatives, on the hard disk drive (HDD) containing records of Napoles’ business transactions.

The funds were from projects for the Department of Transportation and Communications, Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Agrarian Reform, fertilizer projects, GMA rice inputs, insertions, farm-to-market road projects and the Malampaya gas fund intended for typhoon victims.

The digital records of Benhur Luy, Napoles’ finance officer before he turned whistle-blower, were made available to the Inquirer when his family visited the Inquirer on April 27, 2013. The records showed Napoles had access to not less than P1 billion kept in placements, foreign currency and savings accounts.

Napoles’ husband, Jaime, a former Marine major, contrary to reports that he was not a part of his wife’s activities, received a commission of P200,000 from a DA project in 2005.

The records were so meticulous they covered anywhere from purchases of lanzones and McDonald burgers to a car for boxing icon Manny Pacquiao’s rumored girlfriend.

The Benhur Luy files also showed:

– Napoles purchased $4.1 million in one day in 2006 and sent it abroad to buy properties and finance activities of her daughter who was residing overseas.
– The money used to purchase the foreign currency, including British pounds, was withdrawn from bank accounts of nongovernment organizations (NGOs) controlled by Napoles, which were depositories of projects funded by the congressional Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).
– JLN Corp. paid P11,852.50 in annual income tax for 2005; Jo-Chris Trading, P3,450; and JC World Travel, P5,345.
– Napoles paid for the Mazda car of Krista Ranillo, rumored ex-girlfriend of Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao and daughter of former actor Mat Ranillo.
– For every inspection of the Department of Transportation and Communications, which sometimes happened twice a month from 2004 to 2006, the inspector received P20,000 “SOP.”
– Energy and Regulatory Commission Chair Zenaida Ducut, before and after she was appointed as ERC head by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, served as the top agent of Napoles both in the Senate and the House.
– Ducut’s media blitz when she was appointed as ERC chief was paid for by Napoles.
– Lawmakers asked Napoles for kickback advances charged to future projects.
– Napoles gave a check for P345,000 to Mario Lim as donation for a classroom in China.
– Napoles’ transactions were a family affair for some lawmakers. Regular clients were father and son, mother and son, wife and husband, siblings, brothers, cousins and in-laws.
– Pauline Labayen, a senior staff member of Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, signed communications to regional directors of the Department of Public Works and Highways informing them of allocations for farm-to-market roads funded by PDAF.
– Local government units (LGUs) were regular conduits of PDAF projects chosen by lawmakers.
– Favored heads of LGUs also repeatedly designated Napoles NGOs as beneficiaries.
– A P3,000 purchase of lanzones by Catherine May Santos, a member of the staff of Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., was entered in the pork books.
– Livelihood starter kits like beauty kits, soap and costume jewelry making modules, dressmaking, hairdressing, silk screen printing, security, technical, medical and farm kits were the favorite products of the Napoles NGOs for ghost deliveries.
– P1 million birthday gift for “Sexy” on March 16, 2012.
Napoles owns Gintong Aral Publishing House, also used as conduit for party list A Teacher Ikaw at Ako Foundation also owned by Napoles.
– Napoles employees used code names for lawmakers according to their personality or advocacy: Kuryente, Gerera, Khulit, Bulaklak, Bonjing, Tuna, Inay, Tanda, Dahon, Sexy and Pogi, Jessica Daan, Olga Tossan.
– Napoles allocated P275,000 SOP for the Commission on Audit and the Ombudsman given through her lawyer Freddie Villamor on Jan. 30, 2006.
– Cash of P202,000 for Lucy Gomez for the purchase of lot.
– P2 million worth of shares for 20 percent of Commander Shoppers Drug care of Alice Villanueva.
– Napoles’ payment for the purchase of jewelry in hundreds of thousands of pesos also came from bank accounts of NGOs that were depositories of PDAF funds.
– Napoles also owned Nutri-Growth company as a supplier of fertilizer products.
– P72,000 for the purchase of McDonald’s products on April 5, 2006.


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