MANILA, Philippines – Jeane Napoles, 23, the younger daughter of Janet Lim-Napoles, deactivated her social media accounts shortly after her mother was named the person behind an alleged multi-billion-peso pork barrel scam.
The controversy put the young lady’s lifestyle – lavish by most standards – in the spotlight.
But she neglected to remove an old personal blog from 2011, which has allowed netizens to scrutinize her extravagant lifestyle.
The scandal implicating Napoles was first reported by the Philippine Daily Inquirer on Friday, July 12. By Thursday, July 18, her daughter Jeane’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts had been deactivated.
Jeane’s blog shows her inclination for designer shoes, bags, and clothes from brands like Louis Vuitton, YSL, Chanel, and Christian Louboutin.
It has pictures of her trips to Paris and Tokyo, as well as her posing with Hollywood celebrities, including Justin Timberlake, Josh Duhamel, Blake Lively, and Justin Bieber. Another post shows her and her 3 siblings attending a movie premiere, also in Hollywood.
Comments on the Internet decried the young Napoles’ lifestyle and accused her of using pork barrel money obtained by her mother to sustain it.
But Jeane is not the only Napoles child to be subject to scrutiny.
Jeane’s older sister Christine is seeking a congressional seat. Christine is a nominee of the party-list group OFW Family Club, which might just get enough votes for another seat in the House of Representatives, based on belated but official Commission on Elections figures.
Janet Lim-Napoles has denied all accusations and said she is willing to open her bank accounts as part of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) probe into the scam.
“My family, especially my children, have already been dragged by the false and malicious reports of one newspaper who (sic) has the habit of sensationalizing stories at the expense of truth and fairness,” Napoles said in her statement.
According to one of Jeane Napoles’ high school classmates who asked not to be named, Napoles, who just graduated from an American college in May, is unemployed.
Napoles lived in an apartment in the Ritz Carlton in Los Angeles during her college years, and drove a Porsche in Manila, said the source.
The source described Napoles as “nice and really generous,” often buying drinks for her friends during nights out.
But the source said few who knew her were surprised when her family was implicated in the scam.
“Honestly it didn’t really come as a surprise to a lot of us,” the source said, adding rumors were rife it was “dirty money,” since Napoles’ lifestyle change “was so sudden.”
“She started flaunting her lifestyle really quickly,” the source added, saying it got more and more lavish after 2005.
An online video of Napoles’ 21st birthday revealed more extravagance. Hosted in Hollywood, the party included a fashion show, overflowing food and drinks, and a celebratory Napoles family, including Janet, greeting her “baby girl” a happy birthday.
Jeane is Napoles’ youngest daughter.
Most recent photos before Jeane closed her social media accounts showed her week-long 23rd birthday celebration in high-scale bars and clubs in Manila, and a trip to London.
In her blog, Napoles wrote a post in May 2011 that may appear ironic if her mother is proven guilty of the allegations.
“I am actually quite happy that Manny Pacquiao won his fight against Shane Mosley,” she wrote. “But when you tell the public you are going to wear yellow gloves as [a] symbol to fight poverty, don’t let your wife wear 7 million [pesos] worth of yellow diamond earrings then.” – Rappler.com