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BEYOND PORK | 12 Napoles NGOs siphoned Malampaya funds - Benhur Luy

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MANILA, Philippines -- Supposedly spurious nongovernmental organizations set up by businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles, the accused engineer of the P10-billion pork barrel scam, also siphoned several million pesos from government’s share of the revenues from the Malampaya Gas Project, whistleblower Benhur Luy said Thursday.

Luy, Napoles’ former employee who blew the lid off the pork barrel scam, told the Senate Blue Ribbon committee that, “Ms. Napoles has 20 nongovernmental organizations; eight of those are connected to PDAF (Priority Development Assistance Fund, the official name for the pork barrel), while the rest (12) are connected to Malampaya.”

Luy, on questioning by Senator Nancy Binay, did not say how much of the Malampaya money went to Napoles’ NGOs.

But he named the NGOs and the people who lead them:

  1. Golden Harvest for Peoples Foundation, Vannessa Eman
  2. Saganang Buhay sa Atin Foundation, Lilian Espanol
  3. Micro Agribusiness Citizens Initiative Foundation, Ronaldo Francisco Lim
  4. Ginintuang Alay sa Magsasaka Foundation, John Lim
  5. Bukirin Tanglaw Foundation, Getrudez Luy, his mother
  6. Tanglaw Para sa Magsasaka Foundation, Nova K. Batar and later replaced by Mary Arlene Baltazar
  7. Sang -amon Utod Kasigmanwa Foundation, Jesus Castillo, Napoles’ driver
  8. Kaugdanan Para sa Maghuhumapa Foundation, John Raymond de Asis, Napoles’ security aide
  9. Gintong Pangkabuhayan Foundation, Eulogio Rodriguez, driver
  10. Karangyaan Para sa Magsasaka Foundation, Simplicio Dumapelis, administratrive officer of JLN Corporation
  11. Masagang Buhay Foundation, Lorna Ramirez, wife of Napoles’ security aide
  12. Kasaganahan Para sa Magsasaka Foundation, Jenniviv Uy, personal aide of Napoles and incorporator of JLN Global Properties Development Corporation

News accounts indicate that Napoles’ NGOs received funds from the first P900-million tranche of Palawan’s share of the Malampaya funds.

Luy said most of the NGOs engaged in “ghost deliveries” of goods intended for project beneficiaries.

And while a few deliveries were, indeed, made, he said most of the goods were overpriced.

Most of the money, he said, was deposited into the accounts of the bogus NGOs then withdrawn in cash since the organizations had no checking accounts.

He also said Napoles held on to pre-signed withdrawal slips from the presidents of the NGOs, which she kept in a vault inside the master’s bedroom of her home.

It is uncertain if any of the projects the supposedly fake NGOs of Napoles signed up for were among the P1.7 billion worth of projects in Palawan supposed to be funded by the province’s share of the Malampaya revenues but which government auditors said were riddled by graft and corruption.

(See InterAksyon's special report on Palawan's Malampaya projects)

His expose and outspoken criticism of the corruption surrounding the Palawan projects is believed to have triggered the January 2011 assassination of broadcaster Gerardo Ortega.

The accused masterminds, former governor Joel Reyes, whose name has been linked to the anomalous projects, and his brother Mario remain at large.

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