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PHILIPPINE TAXWOMAN CAN’T WAIT TO LAY HER HANDS ON MANNY PAQUIAO

Henares, left, and Pacquiao
Henares, left, and Pacquiao

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles® ) – The Philippines’ tax woman, Bureau of Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares, just can’t wait to lay her hands on Filipino champion boxer Manny Pacquiao, a member of Congress.

Pacquiao is the richest member of the House of Representatives and the only billionaire.

Based on his 2014 statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN), Pacquiao is worth P1.6 Billion, an increase by P343 Million from the year before.

However, the figure does not include the reported $150 Million Pacquiao earned from his fight with American Floyd Mayweather last May. That alone is equivalent to P6.6 Billion which is six times his net worth in 2014.

In a statement following the release of Pacquiao’s 2014 SALN, Henares told reporters, “I want Pacquiao to pay up now and not wait for next year.  We need the money to cover the billions of pesos we lost in last year’s pork barrel scam involving businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles, senators and other elected officials.”

Henares said Pacquiao should show that he is sincere in his role as a public servant and elected official by voluntarily paying all taxes due.  “He should do it now, and not wait for next year,” she added.

Seven of the richest members of the House of Representatives have grown richer by a combined P1 billion, while former first lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos of Ilocos Norte has gone poorer by P5 million.

Still, Marcos is the third wealthiest House member and is worth P917.8 million, based on her 2014 SALN.  She became poorer because she increased her liabilities from P10 million in 2013 to P15 million. The value of her real properties remained the same at P920 million and personal assets at P12.8 million.

The second richest congressman, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., grew his wealth by P102 million, from P819.7 million to P921.6 million.

PHILIPPINES RUNNING OUT OF JAIL SPACE FOR THOSE INDICTED UNDER THE PORK BARREL SCAM

The refurbished "bungalow jails" at Camp Crame in Quezon City
The refurbished “bungalow jails” at Camp Crame in Quezon City

Quezon City, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – With hundreds facing jail time in connection with the 10 Billion-peso pork barrel scam, the Philippines is facing an acute shortage of jail cells and detention facilities, it was announced today.  In addition to the three senators and their associates who have recently been indicted of plunder and other crimes, many more are expected to be named by the Ombudsman for their involvement in the elaborate scheme to siphon taxpayer money into ghost projects and the pockets of politicians that include other senators, congressmen and Aquino administration officials. Rumor has it that more than half of sitting senators and over a hundred congressmen have been implicated in the scam by suspected mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles.

The announcement of the jail shortage was made  as media reporters were shown the refurbished bungalows inside Camp Crame which will serve as detention facilities for Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla, Jr. — all of whom were indicted for non-bailable plunder in connection withe pork barrel scam.  Camp Crame is the headquarters of the Philippine National Police and is located along EDSA — the boulevard that was the center of the people’s power revolution that ousted the late dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos.

As a way of dealing with the jail shortage, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima ordered the sequestration of the condominiums owned by Napoles. The windows and doors of the condo units will be fitted with iron bars, and door locks will be replaced with heavy bolts.  They will be emptied of all furniture except for a banig (straw mat) to serve as sleeping mat and airconditioning in the units will be totally disconnected.

As to who will be detained in these “condo jails,” de Lima said that the decision will be left to the courts.  However, de Lima added that due to a conflict of interest, Napoles will not be eligible for detention in her own condo. Napoles is currently in detention at another “bungalow jail’ at Fort Sto. Domingo, a police camp in Santa Rosa, Laguna, south of Manila.

 

PHILIPPINE PORK BARREL SCAM: ‘NAPOLES LIST’ FINALLY REVEALED

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima

Manila, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – After weeks of intense pressure from senators and congressmen as well as the media, Philippine Justice Secretary Leila de Lima finally revealed the so-called ‘Napoles List’ which contained names of individuals that benefited from the 10 Billion-peso pork barrel scam. The scam allegedly siphoned taxpayer money into ghost nongovernmental organiztions (NGOs) and projects as well as the pockets of senators, congressmen, Aquino administration officials, the Justice Department, journalists and yes, even Catholic bishops.

The ‘Napoles List’ was contained in a signed affidavit obtained from suspected pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles.  De Lima persistently refused to make the list public, saying that the Justice Department needed more time to conduct a more thorough investigation of the celebrated case.

But today, de Lima made the list public.

The Adobo Chronicles obtained an early copy of the list.  Because of limited space, we are publishing the list in installments of ten, starting with these names:

  1. Elena Magtanggol
  2. Perla Silanganan
  3. Bayani Magiliw
  4. Alana Puso
  5. Lupa Hinirang
  6. Duhat Magiting
  7. Dibdiban de la Cruz
  8. Juan Tamadino
  9. Dyesebel Moreno
  10. Darna Zobel

While no senators and congressmen are on this initial list, it does not mean that they are scathe-free. In fact this initial list are names of  mistresses and gigolos of senators and congressmen who received money from the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel funds.

Stay tuned for the next installment.