Janet Napoles "Pork Barrel Fund Mess Queen" Surrendered to President Aquino: Philippines

Alleged fugitive Janet Lim-Napoles surrendered to Philippine's President Benigno Aquino III on August 28, shortly after he had announced a reward of 10 million Philippine pesos, or $223,940 US dollars for any information leading to her arrest.

Napoles was wanted on charges of "serious illegal detention arising from the alleged kidnapping of Benhur Luy," according to the Philippine government.

She surrendered at 9:37 p.m. +GMT +8 (August 28, 2013)

Napoles is a businesswoman who is accused of working with several elected officials in embezzling billions of Philippine pesos for their own gain.

Luy, Napoles' aide and cousin, was one of the former staff members of Napoles who blew the whistle the scheme, which included the alleged conversion of 10 billion Philippine pesos from the Priority Development Assistance Fund and the Malampaya Fund into kickbacks for Napoles and her company using dummy foundations and forged signatures, according to the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Since the allegations have surfaced, people across the country have engaged in anti-corruption protests.

Napoles has been turned over into the custody of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas and Philippine National Police Director-General Alan Purisima for processing and booking.

The National Bureau of Investigation is preparing charges against Napoles, some of her staff, some elected officials, and management of some of the non-governmental organizations accused in the scheme, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima told the Sun-Star in a text message.

The whistleblowers won't be charged, de Lima added.

Reynald Lim, the brother of Napoles, is still at large. There's a 10 million Philippine pesos, or $223,940 US dollars for any information leading to his arrest. Lim is believed to have been involved in the embezzlement scheme.

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News Sources: Philippine Official Gazette and  Epoch Times

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