It appears that President Benigno Aquino’s recent public outburst of anger at certain top officials of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), the country’s premier investigative and law enforcement agency, is well-founded and understandable.
When P10 billion pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles surrendered herself recently to Aquino at the Malacanang palace, she disclosed to the president a most unusual assistance offer extended to her by top NBI officials, Deo Macalma, one of the leading hosts at radio station DZRH, reported today, Sept. 16.
What offer was it?
Assistance to leave the Philippines for another country and escape a pending warrant for her arrest and likely imprisonment in the face of plunder and other charges that the government is planning to file against her, according to Macalma.
But the invaluable offer of assistance has a very steep price tag!
The NBI scalawags, allegedly headed by a top official who goes by the pseudonym of “King Rat”, asked Napoles a cool P300 million “assistance fee”, added Macalma.
He said Napoles told Aquino that the NBI rogue elements offered to set up the necessary arrangements so she could escape the country without being caught.
Had the NBI syndicate gotten away with their desired P300 million loot, its members would have been headed for early retirement – in luxury, courtesy of dirty money, according to Macalma.