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Fil-Ams picket posh home of Napoles daughter in LA

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LOS ANGELES—While thousands tramped to Luneta Park in Manila for the Million People March on Monday, about 100 Filipino-American activists held their own rally in front of the posh Ritz-Carlton Residences, where Jeane Napoles owns a unit.

The 23-year-old Napoles is the daughter of businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles, who is being hunted by Philippine authorities for her alleged role in a P10-billion pork barrel scam.

The young Napoles had posted photos showing her jewelry, designer shoes and handbags and Porsche cars. Her Instagram, Twitter and Facebook accounts have been deactivated.

Members of the militant Anakbayan-Los Angeles group waved banners and chanted slogans denouncing government corruption.

The ralliers chanted: “Napoles, come out and give our money back.”

In a statement, Anakbayan demanded that the Philippine government prioritize “the people’s needs and not (the officials’) own luxurious lifestyles.”

Referring to the pork barrel in the Philippines, the group said: “For too long, these discretionary funds have been used to fatten the pockets of corrupt politicians at the expense of our people’s welfare.”

Also joining the rally were members of the Filipino Migrant Center (FMC), which said the LA protest was part of an “international day of action” for the abolition of the pork barrel.

FMC said overseas Filipinos workers (OFWs) in Canada, Hong Kong and other parts of the world joined the demand for an end to government corruption.

A few kilometers from Ritz-Carlton, more than 200 Fil-Ams gathered in front of the Philippine Consulate to show solidarity with the protesters in Luneta.

At the rally, Los Angeles resident Grace Piñol urged Filipinos around the world to demand that those behind the scam “be held accountable.”

Piñol claimed she was privy to an example of corruption involving a senator. She said her niece was in charge of a project in Mindanao that had been allotted P2.5 million from the senator’s pork barrel.

“They only released P500,000 and pocketed the rest of the money,” she said.

Some of the ralliers came from as far away as San Diego, a two-hour drive from LA.

“I want to show those (corrupt) politicians that we are watching them and that we are united with the protesters back home,” said veterinarian Felix Lapuz.

Loida Nicolas Lewis and friends at NY picket.

Actor and community leader Bernardo Bernardo bewailed what he described as “mafia-style” corruption in the Philippine government.

“Something has to change and it has to happen now,” he said.

Art Garcia, spokesman of the United States Action Against Pork Barrel, said similar protest actions were also held in Fremont in Northern California and New York.

“I am also against government corruption. So is our President and I’m glad he has been making some headway in his fight against corruption,” deputy consul general Dan Espiritu said.

He said Filipino politicians should heed the call of Fil-Ams because they represented 4 million Filipinos in America.

Around 150 Filipinos gathered outside the Philippine Consulate in New York to call for the abolition of the pork barrel, a migrants’ rights activist said.

Filipino community leader Daphne Ceniza Kuok said many of those who attended the picket came wearing white. They submitted a petition against the pork barrel.

In their petition, the protesters said President Aquino’s announcement that he was reforming the pork barrel system “did not go far enough.”

“He should … get rid of the system that has allowed our politicians to dip their hands into the country’s coffers practically at will, while a majority of Filipinos suffer from grinding poverty,” said the petition, signed by around 200 Filipinos living in different countries.

The signatories included Filipinos in France, Great Britain, the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates and Malaysia.

OFWs in Abu Dhabi and Dubai wore white in their workplaces as a sign of protest. Although mass action is banned in Saudi Arabia, Filipinos expressed their solidarity through social media by posting their protest photos.

Mass protests started last week in Hong Kong. The OFWs called for the prosecution of those involved in the scam.

Arlene Andes,  based in Brussels, told Radyo Inquirer that the OFWs in Europe had also turned to social media to urge the scrapping of the pork barrel.—With reports from Philip C. Tubeza, Jocelyn R. Uy and Susan K of Radyo Inquirer


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  • $45441702

    There must be a commune of fugitives living somewhere in one of the isolated islands of the Philippines protected by a corrupt senatong or tongressman reachable only by a boat and helicopter. Who’s the senatong with a helicopter? Daughter of Napoles must be on her way to Netherlands to ask help from Joma?

    • Grey Eminence

      Not an island. Try Tali Beach in Nasugbu. That’s where they all are flying with their helicopters.

  • 1GeorgeTolentino2

    Go Pinoys ! Salamat, mga kabayan !

  • galitsapork

    nbi open your eyes, napoles is hiding in a hospital in bgc!!! these crooks are 9th floor suite rooms. imagine these crooks are always hiding in hospital to avoid convictions. your are lucky that the people working there cannot put poison in your food kasi the people of philippines deserves justice!

  • Jesse_Bruce_Pinkman

    In the US, the fugitives go to jail.

    In the Philippines, the fugitives go to US.

    • PinoyNYC10128

      giving a new meaning to the acronym OFW …. the

      O = Only
      F = Fugitive’s
      W = Way…. is the USA …. see it also rhymes ….

      • ReneV

        unfair to our your own people… ingat ka sa post mo kung talagang nasa US ka. ang labanan dito ay legal. you just wrote it…

      • askal2u

        Gunggong naman comment mo, utak talangka ka, tinawag mo pa sarili mo na Pinoy eh ungas ka naman. Respect the OFWs, asssshole

  • manufacturer2

    Send these politicians to jail first before talking about scrapping pork.
    Scrapping pork will not make them pay for what they did.
    The protests must be for the ouster of any politician who is involved
    in this scam.
    If this happened in the US, all these politicians would be in front of the
    Department of Justice in handcuffs.
    I was at Edsa in ’86 and Luneta last Saturday.
    Let’s make these two events count for something.

  • 33Sam

    NAPOLES SURRENDERS TO PNOY???

    WHY TO HIM??

    SOMETIMES I WONDER WHAT NEWS STORIES LIKE THESE ARE SUPPOSED TO DO IF ANYTHING?

    LOTS OF THESE TYPES OF “DISTRACTIONS” THESE DAYS.

    AND MEDIA ACTS LIKE THEY ARE PART OF A SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE SKIT.

    AND THE MORE THEY SPEND TIME ON IT, THE MORE IT LOOKS SCRIPTED AND SUSPICIOUS!

    REMINDS ONE OF OBAMA MAKING SOUNDBYTES ON THE TRAYVON MARTIN CASE. A PUBLICITY STUNT IS OBVIOUS, IN THIS CASE, WITH MARTIN.

    BUT YOU DIDN’T SEE OBAMA MAKE SOUNDBYTES ABOUT FORMER NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR JON CORZINE WHO AS HEAD OF MF GLOBAL “LOST” $700 MILLION OF CLIENTS’ MONEY BUT COULD NOT EXPLAIN WHAT HAPPENED TO IT.

    PERHAPS ITS BECAUSE OBAMA DID NOT WANT TO DRAW ATTENTION TO MONEY LOST, BUT WANTED TO CO-OPT THE RACE CARD WITH MARTIN.

    IF NAPOLES IS CONSIDERED A WANTED PERSON, YOU WOULD THINK THE POLICE WOULD BE ALL THAT’S NEEDED TO BE INVOLVED.

    AND THEN NAPOLES IS HOLD UP AT CAMP CRAME AT THE DILG OFFICE, WITH NO MEDIA ALLOWED IN.

    IS THIS LIKE WHAT WAS DONE WITH MARTHA STEWART ON ENRON?

    I DON’T KNOW…

  • PassFOIBill

    one reason about the 1 million march success was mas maraming mga pinoy ang nalinawan sa 10B pork barrel scam. mabuhay ang pilipinas.

  • Vertumnus

    Where exactly was she hiding all this time? Certainly within Metro Manila since it only took them a few minutes to arrive at the Palace. It would be interesting to know who was helping her hide! I suspect her lawyer knew her where she was.

  • $14334231

    almost identical story to general garcia’s son (bakla) who still live at trump tower in new york city….jeane, pakasalan mo ko, ipaparetoke ko mukha mo at di ka na makikilala na anak ka ni panget na-tulisan, ooops,, napuruhan na pala ang apelyido ng mami mo…hehehe…..

  • tra6Gpeche

    Fil-Ams know how to intimidate and humiliate the corrupt public officials and person(s) involved in the pork barrel scams and corruption. As far as I can recall, this has never been done by Filipinos in the Philippines. I wonder why they don’t do it in the Philippines.

    • xxxriainxxx

      What do you call the 100,000 in Luneta a few days ago?

      • tra6Gpeche

        I call the march a good beginning for the Filipinos’ welfare and awakening. However, when you picket the house or building owned by suspected corrupt individuals, politicians or not, that is very personal. I call it real intimidation and humiliation. Have we, Filipinos, done that in the Philippines? As far as I can recall, such demonstration has never been done before. If I am wrong, please tell me when and what house of corrupt and immoral Filipino politicians had been picketed by a group of Filipinos in the Philippines.

      • peach black

        did it even occur to you that these leeches live in palatial, gated structures? how do you get past the manned gates to picket these exclusive lairs of snakes?

      • tra6Gpeche

        You might be correct Kabayan. That could be the reason. However, don’t these snakes and leeches ever get out of that gated mansions? I honestly believe that the real reason for not picketing is that ordinary Filipinos in the Philippines are intimidated & frightened by the amazing power and influence of these corrupt politicians. And perhaps, the laws in the Philippines protect the privacy of the Filipino politicians very seriously. Almost all of them think that they are above any Philippine law. In the US, the Fil-Ams feel more protected by the American law and they are not so afraid of the position of the elected politicians who are more sensitive to the criticism of the Americans. .

      • Grey Eminence

        Each such “exclusive lair of snakes” have gates. They won’t let go in, but they cannot stop from staying right outside the gate waving signs with names and addresses of those corruptreneurs that are living there.

        That should be shameful enough and definitely catches the attention of ALL the residents in that village. That is all possible!



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