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Keeping it clean in the Philippines

From the Asia Sentinel (September 17, 2013):

“Details started to leak two months ago concerning the vast wealth that businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles had amassed including reportedly 28 houses and a US$2 million condominium in Los Angeles as well as cars, watches and an array of luxury items.

“The money came from pork barrel kickbacks. Testimony in hearings said her staff dealt with so much cash on a daily basis that it filled her private vault and had to be stored in her bathtub.

“The case appears to demonstrate President Benigno S. Aquino’s determination to clean out the stables. Long characterized as a cautious reformer, Aquino has moved slowly to reform the government tendering process but his efforts over the three years he has been in office often seemed more aimed at putting his predecessor, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, in jail in what critics call a political vendetta.”

Read more from the Asia Sentinel here.

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