Whistle-blower recorded 50 Napoles propertiesBy Nancy C. Carvajal
Philippine Daily Inquirer
The family of Janet Lim-Napoles owns 50 and not 28 properties here and abroad, according to the whistle-blowers in the P10-billion pork barrel scam.
According to the 11th whistle-blower and Benhur Luy, the principal witness in the case, the properties could be worth P3 billion as of 2012.
Forty properties appear on a list made by the 11th whistle-blower in the pork barrel scam allegedly masterminded by Napoles.
The list also showed memberships in exclusive clubs in Metro Manila, Batangas and Cavite. The clubs include Club Punta Fuego in Batangas, Tagaytay Highlands in Cavite, The Palms Country Club in Alabang, and Manila Polo Club and Manila Golf Club in Makati.
In her sworn statement, the 11th whistle-blower, also a former employee of Napoles, said one of her tasks was to ensure payments of association dues, amortizations and real estate taxes for the properties.
She said Napoles also named her president of one of the dummy nongovernment organizations (NGOs) set up by the businesswoman.
The witness told the Inquirer that among the documents she submitted to the National Bureau of Investigation were original deeds of sale of various properties.
In earlier interviews with the Inquirer, the whistle-blowers said Napoles forbade her employees to bring documents out of the office of her company, JLN Corp.
“Even personal organizers or office diaries had to be submitted to her at the end of the day, because she scrutinized them,” Luy said.
“Before we left the office, we employees were frisked and our bags inspected, sometimes before Napoles, or the security guard checked if we were carrying documents, because no one was allowed to bring any paper out of the office,” whistle-blower Merlina Suñas said.
“I was able to bring these papers out because part of my job for her was to pay dues and update credit card purchases and balances,” the 11th witness said.
“So that I would not forget, I kept a record of all due dates and payables,” she added.
The properties were scattered across the country, mostly in prime subdivisions and expensive high-rise residential buildings in Metro Manila.
The list showed that Napoles had acquired properties in the cities of Makati, Muntinlupa, Taguig, Pasig, Antipolo in Metro Manila; Laguna, Cavite, Batangas, Bulacan, Kidapawan City in North Cotabato province, and in Davao.
The properties include five apartments in Premia on Ayala Avenue. The apartments range in size from 399 square meters costing P65 million to 426 sq m costing P72 million.
There are also Discovery Suites 2501, 2504 and 2506, measuring 274 sq m, and costing P18 million each.
Napoles also has seven apartments in Dakota in Malate, Manila, estimated to be worth P40 million.
She has two apartments in Empire Eastland in Makati City worth P11 million.
She has a property in Eton Residences, also in Makati, worth
The list shows two properties in Beaufort Filinvest in Fort Bonifacio Global City worth P36 million.
It also shows two properties in Mayamot village in Antipolo acquired from a Stanly Sy for P77 million.
Also listed are seven lots in the Armed Forces of the Philippines Officers Village in Taguig City measuring not less than 450 sq m each.
There is also a 106-sq-m apartment in Serendra in Fort Bonifacio Global City and another in Eastwood City worth P2.2 million.
The list also shows three lots with a combined area of 22,000 sq m in different parts of the business district of Kidapawan City in North Cotabato.
It also shows four houses in Bocaue and Pandi towns in Bulacan provice worth P34 million.
The list shows other residential properties in Biñan, Laguna, and a property at No. 635 Isidro St. in Ayala Alabang village in Muntinlupa City.
Napoles and her husband, retired Army Maj. Jaime Napoles, are also the owners of a property at No. 1588 Mahogany St. in Dasmarinas Village in Makati City, the list showed.
According to Luy, Napoles also owned a house at No. 9 Narra St. in Forbes Park, Makati City.
That house is the address used by Msgr. Josefino Ramirez, president of Magdalena Luy Lim Charity Foundation that Napoles established in memory of her late mother.
Luy said Napoles also acquired a house at No. 52 Lapu-Lapu St. in Magallanes Village, Makati City, where Ramirez and other priests lived.
He said Napoles also owned a unit in Citiland MegaPlaza on ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City.
A list of properties released by the NBI showed Napoles owned two apartments in North Garden and South Garden in Pacific Plaza Towers in Fort Bonifacio Global City.
Napoles’ family allegedly owns houses in Tagaytay Highlands and Punta Fuego in Nasugbu town, Batangas province.
In a talk with Inquirer editors, reporters and columnists on Aug. 8, Napoles admitted her family also owned real estate properties in California, including an apartment in Ritz Carlton in Los Angeles, California, worth $2 million (P80 million) and a hotel in Anaheim, California, worth $7 million (P280 million).
Luy said, Napoles also had investments in a farm in San Juan town, Batangas province, and in another farm in Pangasinan province; owned a 1-hectare property in BF Homes in Parañaque City; a warehouse in Taguig City, and lots in Batangas, Mactan Island, in Cebu and in Poblacion, Kidapawan City, in North Cotabato.
Luy said Napoles also owned several lots in Heritage Park in Taguig City and a mausoleum for her mother was constructed on one of them.
He said Napoles’ brokerage company, Western Ventures Management Inc., had two properties—one at No. 1945 East Cienega Avenue in Covina, California, which was a 4,956-square-foot property bought in June 2007 for $1.2 million, and another at No. 32 Wedgewood Avenue in Irvine, California, a family home bought in July 2007 for $1.4 million.
These houses were also used as postal addresses by Napoles and the dummy NGOs in their registration papers with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Luy said.
All the other JLN officers and incorporators used the same addresses at South City Homes, he said.
The 11th whistle-blower said that part of her tasks was to ensure that properties had been fully paid for and the documents were transferred to Napoles’ companies JCLN Global Properties and Development Corp., JLN Corp., JCLN Development Corp., La Roca Enterprises Inc. and RLG Solutions.
BIR agents paid off
She added that at one time, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) started an inquiry into the assets and properties of JCLN Global Properties when SEC records showed that the company had a paid-up capital of only P312,500.
The witness said a lawyer for JLN Corp. dealt with the BIR.
“I was in the meeting between [the lawyer] and the BIR agents where he paid them off to stop the inquiry into JCLN Global Properties Development Corp.,” the witness said.
She added that the “corporation had many listed assets but had no income.”