The Philstar headline was Lapid's wife arrested in US for smuggling $50,000
We are not surprised that the wife of Senator "Lito" Lapid was carrying a big wad of cash to the tune of 50,0000 dollars. She could have escaped public scrutiny by officially declareing the amount when she arrived in the US last November.
But we are not surprised that she is super rich, though we refuse to say categorically she and Lito are "filthy" rich. You see, when the Lapids were in the provincial capitol, the quarry funds earned by the province were ridiculously very low, in comparison to the amount earned by the province under the a priest turned politician, Eduardo Panlilio. But a plunder case against the Lapids (who were allied with the previous president of the Philippines Gloria Macapagal Aroyo, was unsurprisingly dismissed.
In one of her last acts in office and one she made before she stepped down, former Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez cleared Sen. Manuel “Lito” Lapid, son Mark and three ex-Pampanga officials of plunder in connection with more than P500 million in unremitted quarrying fees.
We will dig up the amounts of quarry fees later. Abangan!
We are not surprised therefore that the Lapids are super rich!
Just added the following:
Seems the Lapids is in political damage control mode: The wife avers that she is going to buy a house, while the good senator claims it is for medical consultation. But the lawyer in Nevada stated that the wife visited Nevada to answer charges of dollar charging last November!
1. Wife is rich!
2. Eddie Panlilio
3. Inquirer:Ex ombudsman let lapids of plunder case before quitting post