Monday, August 26, 2013

Fil-Ams picket posh home of Napoles daughter in LA -

By Nimfa U. Rueda
Philippine Daily Inquirer

LOS ANGELES—While thousands tramped to Luneta Park in Manila for the Million People March on Monday, about 100 Filipino-American activists held their own rally in front of the posh Ritz-Carlton Residences, where Jeane Napoles owns a unit.

The 23-year-old Napoles is the daughter of businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles, who is being hunted by Philippine authorities for her alleged role in a P10-billion pork barrel scam.

The young Napoles had posted photos showing her jewelry, designer shoes and handbags and Porsche cars. Her Instagram, Twitter and Facebook accounts have been deactivated.

Members of the militant Anakbayan-Los Angeles group waved banners and chanted slogans denouncing government corruption.

The ralliers chanted: "Napoles, come out and give our money back."

In a statement, Anakbayan demanded that the Philippine government prioritize "the people's needs and not (the officials') own luxurious lifestyles."

Referring to the pork barrel in the Philippines, the group said: "For too long, these discretionary funds have been used to fatten the pockets of corrupt politicians at the expense of our people's welfare."

Also joining the rally were members of the Filipino Migrant Center (FMC), which said the LA protest was part of an "international day of action" for the abolition of the pork barrel.

FMC said overseas Filipinos workers (OFWs) in Canada, Hong Kong and other parts of the world joined the demand for an end to government corruption.
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