Janet Napoles Surrenders to President Aquino: Philippines
Janet Napoles Surrenders to President Aquino: Philippines
Businesswoman Janet Napoles, left, during a question and answer at the Philippine Daily Inquirer earlier last year. She surrendered to the Philippine president on August 28, 2013. (Screenshot/YouTube)

Businesswoman Janet Napoles, left, during a question and answer at the Philippine Daily Inquirer earlier last year. She surrendered to the Philippine president on August 28, 2013. (Screenshot/YouTube)

Students of St. Scholastica's College, a Catholic school, shout slogans and flash the thumbs down sign during a

Students of St. Scholastica's College, a Catholic school, shout slogans and flash the thumbs down sign during a "noise barrage" protest outside their campus in Manila, Philippines Wednesday Aug. 28, 2013 to call for the scrapping of a corruption-tainted development fund known as pork barrel, that allows lawmakers to allocate government money for projects in their districts. The "pork barrel" scandal centered on a powerful businesswoman who allegedly collaborated with lawmakers in channeling some of the funds. She has gone into hiding after she was charged with illegal detention of a whistle-blower. On Thursday President Benigno Aquino III offered a 10-million-peso ($230,000) reward for the information on the whereabouts of the fugitive businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles. In background is the tarpaulin of the late President Corazon Aquino, an alumnae of the College and the mother of President Benigno Aquino III. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

A student of St. Scholastica's College, a Catholic school, displays a message on her palms as she shouts slogans during a

A student of St. Scholastica's College, a Catholic school, displays a message on her palms as she shouts slogans during a "noise barrage" protest outside their campus in Manila, Philippines Wednesday Aug. 28, 2013 to call for the scrapping of a corruption-tainted development fund known as pork barrel, that allows lawmakers to allocate government money for projects in their districts. The "pork barrel" scandal centered on a powerful businesswoman who allegedly collaborated with lawmakers in channeling some of the funds. She has gone into hiding after she was charged with illegal detention of a whistle-blower. On Thursday President Benigno Aquino III offered a 10-million-peso ($230,000) reward for the information on the whereabouts of the fugitive businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Tens of thousands of protesters march for a huge rally at Manila's Rizal Park Monday Aug. 26, 2013 in Manila, Philippines to call for the scrapping of a corruption-tainted development fund known as pork barrel, that allows lawmakers to allocate government money for projects in their districts. A government audit released Aug. 16 found that $141 million of the fund allocated over three years under the previous administration was released to questionable aid groups and ghost projects. The scandal centered on a powerful businesswoman who allegedly collaborated with lawmakers in channeling some of the funds. She has gone into hiding after she was charged with illegal detention of a whistle-blower. Local media reports of her lavish lifestyle have angered many ordinary taxpayers in the Southeast Asian country where nearly 28 percent of the 97 million people are extremely poor.(AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Tens of thousands of protesters march for a huge rally at Manila's Rizal Park Monday Aug. 26, 2013 in Manila, Philippines to call for the scrapping of a corruption-tainted development fund known as pork barrel, that allows lawmakers to allocate government money for projects in their districts. A government audit released Aug. 16 found that $141 million of the fund allocated over three years under the previous administration was released to questionable aid groups and ghost projects. The scandal centered on a powerful businesswoman who allegedly collaborated with lawmakers in channeling some of the funds. She has gone into hiding after she was charged with illegal detention of a whistle-blower. Local media reports of her lavish lifestyle have angered many ordinary taxpayers in the Southeast Asian country where nearly 28 percent of the 97 million people are extremely poor.(AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

A general shot shows protesters participating in a rally against corruption dubbed as a 'million people march' at a park in Manila on August 26, 2013. People gathered in a central Manila park on August 26 to protest against embedded corruption in the Philippine political system after a rallying call on Facebook and Twitter. (Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images)

A general shot shows protesters participating in a rally against corruption dubbed as a 'million people march' at a park in Manila on August 26, 2013. People gathered in a central Manila park on August 26 to protest against embedded corruption in the Philippine political system after a rallying call on Facebook and Twitter. (Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images)

Lawyer Atty. Levito Baligot, right, addresses a forum with whistle-blowers Merlina Sunas, center, and Benhur Luy (represented here by his mother Gertrudes Luy) at St. Schoslatica's College, a Catholic school, on the recent pork barrel scandal which centered on a powerful businesswoman who allegedly collaborated with Philippine senators and congressmen in channeling the funds but went into hiding after she was charged with illegal detention of a whistle-blower Friday Aug.23, 2013 in Manila, Philippines. The pork barrel scandal prompted President Benigno Aquino III to go on nationwide television and promised to reform a system that allows lawmakers  to allocate government funds following an audit that millions of dollars were misused. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Lawyer Atty. Levito Baligot, right, addresses a forum with whistle-blowers Merlina Sunas, center, and Benhur Luy (represented here by his mother Gertrudes Luy) at St. Schoslatica's College, a Catholic school, on the recent pork barrel scandal which centered on a powerful businesswoman who allegedly collaborated with Philippine senators and congressmen in channeling the funds but went into hiding after she was charged with illegal detention of a whistle-blower Friday Aug.23, 2013 in Manila, Philippines. The pork barrel scandal prompted President Benigno Aquino III to go on nationwide television and promised to reform a system that allows lawmakers to allocate government funds following an audit that millions of dollars were misused. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

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. local time.

Napoles is a businesswoman who is accused of working with several elected officials to embezzle 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 on the scheme. The scheme allegedly centered on converting 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, hundreds of thousands of people across the country have engaged in anti-corruption protests.

Napoles was 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.

Camp Crame, where Napoles surrendered, has been closed off to the media. She is being held in a vacant office there and is under heavy guard by the Philippines National Police elite Special Action Force, reported ANC-CBN.

Napoles reportedly surrendered to the president because she feared for her safety. A nationwide manhunt had been going on the last several weeks for her, and included the cancellation of her passport.

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. Napoles’ lawyer Lorna Kapunan said that Lim plans to surrender soon.

There’s a reward if 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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  • joey garcias

    they better guard her good. Under witness protection or something. You know what the other crooks might do to her. Which philippines is very notorious off.

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