Actress Kim Chiu. Photo: Handout
MANILA -- Actress Kim Chiu warned Janet Lim-Napoles, the businesswoman implicated in the P10-billion pork barrel scam, that angered taxpayers including herself are out to find her.
"Lahat naman siguro ng mga tao, pag makita nila [si Napoles], papatayin na nila eh," the 23-year-old actress said, laughing, when asked for her thoughts on Napoles and her alleged part in the controversial scam.
On Wednesday, President Benigno Aquino III said the government has put up a P10-million reward leading to the arrest of Napoles, who is wanted for the illegal detention case filed against her and her brother Reynald Lim by former employee and whistleblower Benhur Luy.
Expressing support for the massive anti-pork barrel rally held last Monday, Chiu added, "Kahit wala ako do'n, ramdam ko naman 'yung iba, galit, naiiyak sa galit. Siyempre hindi biro ang pera, pinaghirapan mo 'yon and then mapupunta lang sa mga taong hindi karapat-dapat."
Chiu, who is seen as a prized talent of ABS-CBN, lamented the alleged misuse of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), noting the amount of tax celebrities like herself pay the government.
"Ibang klase naman 'yung binabayad naming tax, at hindi namin alam kung saan napupunta," Chiu said shortly after a press conference held Tuesday for her month-long starring stint in the weekend fantasy anthology "Wansapantaym."
In a report released by the Bureau of Internal Revenue in April, Chiu was named as one of the top individual taxpayers in the country, placing 133rd overall with P6.7 million in regular income tax paid in 2011.
"Sana, 'yun nga, clean government. And 'yung 'Million People March,' isa lang 'yung sa mga [paraan] na pinapakita ng mga Pilipino na, 'Hustisya naman para sa amin,'" she said.
No to politics
Asked if she would be willing to enter politics to actively address the problem, Chiu said, "Hindi ko kaya!"
"Wala akong enough knowledge na hawakan 'yung sambayanang Pilipino, hindi. Ang gusto ko lang tumulong, in my own little way. 'Yun lang," said the actress, who actively took part in relief operations for the victims of the recent floods that hit Metro Manila and surrounding provinces.
Addressing criticisms for the supposed publicity she gets from photos showing her engaged in various charity events, Chiu shrugged off her "bashers," saying such posts on social media can help encourage others to join her cause.
"Siguro sa aming mga artista, it's a way of telling the people na, 'Hoy, kayo, tumulong na rin kayo.' Dahil sa social media, sa Instagram, marami kaming mga followers, and 'yung mga followers na 'yon -- 'yung iba do'n basher -- 'yung iba do'n na-inspire mo na tumulong din sila.
"Hindi ko naman gusto na picture-an 'yung sarili ko. Pero merong mga taong nagpo-post, 'Ay ako din, parang gusto ko rin tumulong.' So it's to inspire people, not to publicize yourself," she said.