If you were watching late night news yesterday, you were informed about this very important news that Janet Napoles, the Pork Barrel whistleblower, has voluntarily surrendered to the authorities. Leading up to the surrender, all of Napoles’ accounts were frozen to the point she cannot afford any food and gas for herself, her passports were cancelled, and then President Noynoy Aquino offered a P10M reward for her arrest. But instead of getting captured, Napoles decided to submit herself.
As early as 11:00 p.m., GMA’s ‘Saksi‘ and ABS-CBN’s ‘Bandila‘ officially reported the news of the surrender, while TV5’s ‘Pilipinas News‘ followed suit. The coverage continued into early Thursday morning, with all of the morning shows on television and radio providing additional coverage of the Napoles surrender. Elsewhere, social media netizens who remain awake before midnight gave their own views and opinions of the surrender, with several terms related to Napoles and Pork Barrel trending on Twitter.
Print and online media were also active during the late hours of August 28. Front pages of today’s editions of The Philippine Star, Philippine Daily Inquirer, and the Manila Bulletin focused on Napoles’s surrender, while online news sites such as Rappler, InterAksyon, ABS-CBN News Online and GMA News Online also emphasized on the said news.
Many who criticize the Pork Barrel saw this news as a partial victory. But stay tuned for more news regarding the surrender and other related events, through all media outlets.