Jeane Lim Napoles… Guilty of What Exactly?

Jeane Lim Napoles is really getting viciously thrashed and pummeled on almost all social media platforms.  If there was ever hate on the internet, Jeane has been somewhat subjected to it on account of her mother, Janet Lim Napoles — who has been accused of masterminding the P10 Billion Pork Barrel Scam.

Using “Who Talking”, I found a couple of tweets that seem dripping with contempt for Jeane and I’ve screen capped a few just to give you a rough sampling of what is out there:

Tweets on Jean Lim Napoles, all soaked and dripping with contempt.
Tweets on Jean Lim Napoles, all soaked and dripping with contempt.

The venomous tirades directed at Jeane somewhat reminds me of the uproar over the “extravagance” of people like Imelda Marcos and her shoes; Erap’s women and Boracay Mansion; Chavit Singson; Lito Lapid; the menagerie of socialites involved in the DJ Montano/Brian Gorrel scandal; and others.

The hate online seems to have somewhat congealed like the rancid grease that flows through Binondo’s gutters and it made me wonder, why is Jeane being targeted in this vilification campaign?

More to the point, I asked friends on Facebook, “What crime can Jean be charged with?”

I think BenignO hit it dead center by pointing out that it’s just “Tough luck for the 23-year-old. Wrong place at the wrong time — kids do suffer from the sins of their parents. Ask Bongbong Marcos and he can very well relate.”

Fellow Get Realist ChinoF wrote: “What Jeane does is comparable to what Robbie Antonio of Century Properties is doing. But I wonder, why all the attention on Napoles? Even if it is proven she may be liable, bakit siya lang? All the others na liable din may be forgotten.”

Monsi Serrano, who is a columnist of Perk Up (A Philippine business and news forum online magazine), said: “the legal aspect or criminal is not yet established. I am not a lawyer to answer that question. But the morality of what she’s been doing is so disgusting, knowing that she can’t even explain where she gets (or her parents) get their wealth?”

Further on, Monsi added “If she (Janet Lim Napoles) truly worked hard for the money, it would be so easy to show the proof of income. What happens to the 10B Pesos Pork Barrel scam? This has not been answered yet under oath, or there is no closure yet.

“As I said, this happens in the Philippines — the lies and more web of lies woven become the truth. This applies to her and to all other corrupt people who will never admit even if they are lying through their teeth that they did it.

“One thing I know, the camp of Napoles has poured in a lot of money for her PR campaign team. Basta ako, I speak all my opinions in my columns, articles and post from my heart, as I see it. That will always be my belief. When I am wrong, I am willing to rectify or even face the consequence of my opinion, be it moral or legal consequence.”

JP Fenix, house husband and steak connoisseur, said “Only if she’s named officer and has signed docs on any of the ngos, companies or transactions. If she’s just a daughter spending mom’s money, then her actions are more evidence vs the mom.”

Ferdie Maglalang, former Malacanang Press Corps President and Remate Columnist remarked, “Nada, except that the PHL government (yes, the ever-zealous BIR Commish Kim Henares) will definitely run after where she is getting her money to support her lavish lifestyle. Probably, if Kim sees some discrepancy, then a tax evasion seems in order. But based on the photos circulating around the social media, the poor girl has not committed a crime, unless insensitivity or callousness to the pitiful plight of poor people is now a crime in the PHL.”

Taking it all together, I think that perhaps the larger part of the Filipino public on social media seems to have more or less rendered their judgement on Janet Lim Napoles and her daughter without the benefit of an actual court sentencing her guilty of the crimes she is accused of.

Anyway, Napoles lawyer Lorna Kapunan came out with a statement on the online morality fiesta over Jeane Lim Napoles:

In an interview with radio DZMM, Atty. Lorna Kapunan, said Napoles’ family is well-off because of their businesses abroad.

She said everyone should be proud of people like Jeane who excel in school.

Kapunan said she would also give expensive gifts to her children if they excel in school and if she had a lot of money from legitimate sources of income.

“I always say when I am asked, kung mayroon akong kayamanan ng kaunti at nakapag-magna cum laude ang aking anak sa isang US university, bibigyan ko din siya ng Porsche, bibigyan ko din siya ng Chanel kung afford ko. The bottom line is, afford nila. It is not ill-gotten wealth, they do not have a single contract with government. They have not owned a single peso from any of these public funds. They have their own money that they gave to their child who instead of persecuting, we should be proud of,” she said.

The thing is, if we believe in and advocate “the rule of law”, we shouldn’t be averse to other corny and quaint ideas like “innocent until proven guilty”, “right to due process”, “accuser has the burden of proof” and all that jazz.

Unless of course, we’re really a nation that in its heart of hearts wants to be just Mayor Rudy Duterte and Ping Lacson who are reputedly all “judge, jury, and executioner”.

And just to be fair, let’s make mention of other rich people’s kids who have also been subjected to “moral outrage” but  are so far still out there and living it up like the social celebs that they are.

Rajiv Ramesh Dargani who reported rammed his Audi R8 into another Audi on McKinley Road in BGC which resulted in the death of one person and the maiming of another.

Divine Lee who some say is an officer of Globe Asiatique, the company of her father Delfin Lee, who is accused syndicated estafa in connection with a scheme where he supposedly spirited away billions of pesos from the Pag-IBIG Fund through a ghost-buyer scam.

Delfin DJ Montano who supposedly bilked some $70,000 from his gay lover Bryan Gorell.

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ErikG
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‘The thing is, if we believe in and advocate “the rule of law”, we shouldn’t be averse to other corny and quaint ideas like “innocent until proven guilty”, “right to due process”, “accuser has the burden of proof” and all that jazz.’ all that is well and good in a country with a mature democracy and a good justice system… but in the Philippines… come on back-log of cases, missing/tampered evidence and all those things… i too want to believe in the ideals that anyone is innocent until proven guilty but sadly in the justice system in the Philippines its… Read more »
Paul Farol (@paulfarol)
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Paul Farol (@paulfarol)

I don’t think it’s a matter of preference. Presumption of innocence, right to due process, yada-yada-yada… These things are pretty much established principles.

To say that this can’t be followed because of the sorry state of our court system just doesn’t sound right at all.

NeoGeo
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The sorry state of your court system is due to the sorry state of Filipino mentality. That underlying reason is why established principles of justice cannot, and will never be, followed in the Philippines.

Ronnie
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Trial by publicity at it’s finest. The problem with social media is people tend to speculate & assume it to be true without evidence unless proven to be wrong otherwise. Pathetic!

それは最高に広報裁判。ソーシャルメディアの問題は、人々が推測&さもなければ間違ったことが証明されない限り、証拠がなくても真であるためにそれを想定する傾向がある。哀れな!

審判在它的最好宣傳。社交媒體的問題是人們往往推測與假定它是真實的,除非被證明是錯誤的,否則沒有證據。可憐!

Thử nghiệm bằng cách công khai lúc đó là tốt nhất. Vấn đề với phương tiện truyền thông xã hội là người có xu hướng suy đoán và giả định đó là sự thật không có bằng chứng trừ khi được chứng minh là sai khác. Thảm hại!

การพิจารณาโดยการประชาสัมพันธ์ที่ดีที่สุดของมัน ปัญหากับสื่อสังคมคือคนมักจะคาดเดาและถือว่ามันจะเป็นจริงโดยไม่มีหลักฐานเว้นแต่พิสูจน์แล้วว่าเป็นความผิดอย่างอื่น น่าสงสาร!

ChinoF
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This is what’s OA about the whole affair. People are slamming the daughter when the mom is the one in the hotseat. What the hell, punishing the daughter for the mom’s “sin,” which isn’t even confirmed? That’s unjust.

homer anthony medici
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hindi ba enough na guilty ang family nila na lagi lang sila nanalo sa mga government bidding specially time ni erap. in other words part sila sa corruption. tingnan lang natin ngayun na ma liquidate na ang porkbarrel funds kung ilang percent talaga ang ma pupunta sa project and ilang ma pupunta sa bulsa sa nag luto

Paul Farol (@paulfarol)
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Paul Farol (@paulfarol)

FYI… nakalagay sa isang news report na abswelto yung asawa ni Janet Napoles sa kevlar helmet case.

Anyway, dito sa pork barrel, maganda talaga kung mahatulan na ng korte…

Kaso, hindi pa nililitis… hehe… guilty na.

jonphil
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Who absolved jimmy napoles?

Aniano desierto.. same ombudsman who absolved dimaporo & other powerful moneyed politicians.

nick
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right on! 🙂 sana ngayon matino na ang korte na mag try and mag dedecide ng kaso.

Aegis-Judex
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Guilty until proven innocent…

And some people wonder why we have not devolved into a totalitarian mess.

potaters
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I for one don’t think she can be charged with anything but I *think* I can be annoyed with her and other similar personalities. See tag “rich kids of instagram”.

Seth
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She may not be directly involved in the scam about the pork barrel and may simply be benefiting from whatever excess income her family has acquired.

Perhaps the only “moral” crime she committed would be the sole indulgence to high end luxury goods at the expense of other people. The amount of money lavishly spent on her lifestyle is downright obscene.

Apathy. Avarice. Sloth. Pride.

Aren’t those something to be guilty for?

Or is everybody is crying foul due to envy?

nick
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i dont get what Paul Farrol what to achieve with this piece, you dont want us to judge Jeane… or if we want to judge her, also judge the others? hello, tapos na yun. iba naman ang nasa menu ngayun.

kakaramput
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oa kasi mga tao eh. dinadamay anak. pinagmumura. ok lang na paki alaman sya for proof pero yung pagmumura murahin. duh. what education did u get. hay naku. ang babaw ng ibang pinoy. i’m a pinoy pero gusto ko apihin tulad kong pinoy kasi minsan ang bobobobo nila… echosero. mahilig makita pagbagsak ng isang tao. mahilig pag pyestaan negative issues about tao. ang hilig nilang pag usapan ibang tao. mga chismosa!

Julie
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‘The thing is, if we believe in and advocate “the rule of law”, we shouldn’t be averse to other corny and quaint ideas like “innocent until proven guilty”, “right to due process”, “accuser has the burden of proof” and all that jazz.’ True. Pero meron din po na principle of “freedom of expression” and, in my humble opinion, karapatan ng mamamayang Pilipino na i-express ang opinyon nila sa internet. Kasi naman dapat may disclaimer ang Instagram, Flickr, Twitter at Facebook — post at your own risk. E maswerte po si Jeane, mayaman siya. Syempre ako na hamak na empleyado lang,… Read more »
jeanne
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I agree with the ‘guilty by association’. Happens a lot of times to people, especially in scandals.

jeanne
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Disclaimer: I’m not the Napoles girl in the article. If I am, I won’t be worried and praying for my next paycheck. I have to say that this new story and other related stuff went under my radar due to excess of work. At first, when I saw her pictures, so I was really shocked. How I wish I could trade lives with her. I read this article two days to make me certain of my feelings and yes, I do envy her to a certain extent because let’s face it, who doesn’t want that insane amount of money? However,… Read more »
Meril Feliz
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Saw the news! Now guilty of what? Revise your title!

Shunjo
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If she is not guilty and has nothing to hide, then why does she have to delete her social media accounts? And right after her mom’s scandal broke out???

jen
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tingnan natin d mo idelete account mo sa kahihiyan ng magulang mo

mike
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Nagmamarunong naman author nito. Research state action doctrine muna bago ka magsulat bugok. Bakit mu kami pipigilan to judge her BASED ON PRESUMPTION OF INNOCENCE? We are not the State, you cannot invoke that on us. Cge nga, kung tingin mu nagbaviolate kami because we judge her, hindi mu ba vinaviolate ang right to free speech namin kapag pinagsabihan mu kami na wag ivoice out yung saloobin namin? Wag kang magpalusot na ndi absolute ang free speech, alam ko din mga exceptions nyan. Sa legal aspect lang muna tayo ha. Ang yabang kasi ng paggamit mu sa mga terms eh.… Read more »
jen
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freedom of speech has it’s limitation. if your only goal is to criticize, better keep quiet. kaya nga we have the saying na. if you have nothing good to say, better shut up. comment mo pa lang, ibabash mo ang writer, mayabang? anu kinalaman ng kayabangan sa article? yes, hi highfalutin words gagamitin nya, matalino sya e. on the other aspect, ikaw kaya lagay mo sarili mo sa upuan ni janet at tarantado magulang mo. ikaw sisihin, tama ba yun?

bool shoot
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and voicing out our outrage against these fuckin thieves is a limitation? c’mon, jeanne. if you have nothing good to say, just shut up!

nu
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now, what can u say mr blogger? if there were no public outcry at di naisawalat lavish lifestyle eh di sana nalifestyle check napoles at nasabi ng bir kim na di raw angkop sa lifestyle nila and properties nila tax na binabayaran nila na accd to rappler ay mas mababa pa sa ordinary teacher, na ang coal business nila ay not enough to generate that much money angkop sa lifestyle nila. na accd to coa ay marami nga sa pdaf ay assoc sa ngo ni mrs napoles. na ang mga paring nagtestigo against benhur na siya raw ay di nadetain… Read more »
suckmedck
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I really hate her mother, no doubt about it, pero sa opinion ko lang, bakit inaatake si jeanne, her daughter ng sobra-sobra. honestly, nainis din ako kay jeanne, but i just realized, na hndi nman siya dapat ang gawing punching bag d2 kasi hndi lang nman siya ang nag benefit doon. malas lang siya na pinost nya lahat i2 sa kanyang blog.

Ella
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Jeane garduated as magna-cimlaude in one of the US university..that means she’s really a clever, she should know the meaning of humanity.Perhaps she wanted to envy her by posting all the extravagant luxurious’ whims. Does this girl reaaly know where their wealth coming from? as an intelligent girl, she must be aware of kung saan ba talaga nanggagaling ang pera nila, talaga bang kaya ng magulang nya na gstusan siya ng ganon kabongga..saan ba nagsimula ang negosyo naila..she’s now 21 years old, from the beginning ba mayaman na talaga sila?saan nanggaling ang pinuhunan sa negosyo nila? o common jeane, huwag… Read more »
Ella
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to add, bilang isang matalino at matinong anak,, hindi ka man lang ba nagtatanong o napaguusapan nyo na bakit kayang kaya kang gastusan ng ganun kahulo..ako kasi bilang anak I have an instinct sa kung papano nagyari sa pinaghirapan ng magulang ko.. hindi kakayanin ng lifestyle nyo ngayon ang halaga ng kinikita nyo sa negosyo base sa tax na binabayaran nyo. Kung dinadaya man ang pag-file ng tax ng negosyo nyo, kaso pa din yun. Hindi dapat pinagmukhang tanga at bobo ang masang Pilipino ng magulang mo. Sorry ka at nadamay ka sa kasalanan ng magulang mo, yan ang kabayaran… Read more »
Ella
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*people being “smart”… smarte ka lang malamang sa pagpapasoyal.. yun ang naging kasalanan mo. bilang isang anak naging matalino ka sana at responsable sa mga baagy na alam mong sobra sobra.

Leb
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Usually controversial cases having national interest implication like this Napoles case generate too much attention to the point that people cannot control themselves to share their two-cents on the issue. And they have all the right to get emotional and animated especially when it’s their money, so to speak, that is the subject of the controversy. For benefitting from the wealth accumulated by their parents thus enjoying and amassing material wealth themselves, are kids as guilty as their parents on cases like this? For those infuriated and emotionally drain for seeing too much red because of anger, they surely fit… Read more »
skye
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To answer everyone’s question why Jeanne Napoles is being targeted, remember, the hurt of the daughter is a million times the hurt of the mother. That is how life works. Also, hindi exaggerated ang lahat. If you are a legitimate business owner paying legitimate taxes on time, you would be disheartened on where your taxes COULD’VE gone. A mere accusation is also as good as half truths. Ikaw kaya magtrabaho sa sarili mong kumpanya, paghirapan since nung 20s ka pa at ngayong malago na at nagbabayad ka ng million million na taxes every month para lang sa kapalit na magoperate… Read more »