Who to blame: Napoles or the system? Netizens debate

In search for the truth, netizens ask more questions even as they express dismay and anger

MANILA, Philippines – A resolution to hold an inquiry in the House of Representatives on the multi-million pork barrel scam has been filed. The Bureau of Internal Revenue has also stepped in. 

But reactions from netizens who are following the series of reports scrutinizing the supposed embezzlement of Priority Assistance Development Fund (PDAF) and the lifestyle of the Napoles family suggested ongoing probes will not prosper. 

Readers of Rappler’s latest exclusive Napoles kin own P400M US properties, weighed in with sharp comments. 

READ: Napoles daughter owns P80M LA property           

READ: How Janet Lim-Napoles got away

Some pinned the blame on Janet Lim-Napoles, who, together with her brother Reynald Luy Lim, is being accused of benefiting from pork barrel money obtained through fake nongovernment organizations and ghost projects. 

Others have lost hope in institutional processes, believing that Napoles is a product of a system that breeds corruption.

“They’ve just killed the Senate investigation because you know why, right?” reader Alvin Alemania, commented.

The Senate, admitting that the public will not believe the outcome of its probe, earlier decided to wait until the Ombudsman, the National Bureau of Investigation, the Justice Department and the Commission on Audit (COA) complete their investigations.

READ: Unanimous decision: Senate won’t probe pork for now

In search for the truth, netizens asked more questions even as they expressed dismay and anger. When institutions could not provide answers, they turn to the media.

“The Filipino (people) need media that they can trust. Never relent!” simpleguy4 urged Rappler. – Rappler.com