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TIMELINE | On the trail of fugitive Janet Lim Napoles
The online news portal of TV5

Fugitive businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles, the alleged brains behind the P10-billion 'pork barrel scam', surrendered to President Benigno Aquino III late Wednesday.

Following are the events leading up to the discovery of the billion-peso fund scam and her eventual surrender.

March 22, 2013

The National Bureau of Investigation discovers a P10 billion-peso scam allegedly masterminded by businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles in collaboration with certain lawmakers and government agencies to funnel pork barrel funds into ghost non-governmental organizations and projects.

The con has supposedly been going on for ten years through trading company JLN Corp., which Napoles owns with her brother Reynald Lim.

The racket comes to light after the NBI rescue kidnap victim Benhur Luy, who works for JLN Corp., at a condominium in Bonifacio Global City. Napoles and Lim are supposedly behind the abduction, with Luy saying Napoles accused him of "striking out on his own concocting illegal deals," according to the Philippine Daily Inquirer. Napoles denies this.

With five other former employees of JLN Corp., Luy bares the scam to the Inquirer, which will come out as a series of reports in July.

Also supposedly swindled was P900 million in royalties from the Malampaya natural gas project in Palawan.

Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer 

July 12, 2013

The Philippine Daily Inquirer releases its reports about the scam. 

The NBI investigates.

Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer

July 15, 2013

Senators Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Francis Escudero call for an investigation into the misuse of the Priority Development Assistance Fund. 

Santiago further recommends that Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada, Gregorio Honasan, Ferdinand Marcos, Jr., and Ramon Revilla Jr., who are implicated in the scam, go on leave out of delicadeza. 

The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing will later be set for August 29.

Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer 

July 30, 2013

A YouTube video of the lavish birthday party of Napoles' daughter, Jeane, in Los Angeles goes viral. Outraged Netizens are even more infuriated as links to the younger Nepoles' blogs surface, featuring trips abroad and shopping sprees at designer boutiques. 

In a TV Patrol interview, the elder Napoles will say that the money used to finance these were legitimately earned through her businesses.

Source: ABS-CBN News 

August 5, 2013

Department of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima places Napoles and Lim on immigration lookout order.


August 23, 2013

As authorities continue to search for Napoles, the NBI says plastic surgery might be an option for her to be able to stay in hiding. They also look into a transaction made through her credit card at a Pasig hotel. 

Meanwhile, the DOJ says she is still in the country.

Aside from investigating her, the Bureau of Internal Revenue probes her relatives, as well. 

Sources: News 5; Philippine News Agency

August 26, 2013

Public fury over the misuse of government funds culminates in massive protests all over the country, with some 300,000 alone in an event dubbed Million People March at the Luneta Park.

August 28, 2013

President Benigno Aquino III announces a P10 million bounty for Napoles' arrest. She surrenders to him at 9:37 p.m. on the same day.