At least six of the whistleblowers who exposed the alleged P10 billion pork barrel scam Janet Lim Napoles can testify they handed money to the assistants and agents of lawmakers, the whistleblowers' legal counsel Atty. Levito Baligod said Monday.
“At least three whistleblowers at JLN Corporation’s office, and the rest at the residence of Mrs. Napoles doon sa Pacific Plaza Towers, ito yung mga kasambahay,” Baligod said in an interview with ANC’s Headstart.
Baligod added, the agents of the legislators themselves supposedly signed cash vouchers which served as the basis of key whistleblower Benhur Luy's accounting record he was keeping during the time he was an employee of Napoles..
“Yung cash voucher is in triplicate copies. The original goes to Mrs. Napoles, the pink copy goes to Benhur, and the yellow copy goes to the client.”
Luy made records of all the financial transactions from 2003 to 2012 except for the year 2011, Baligod said.
"He used to (have the copies) and stored it in the filing cabinet. But when he was detained, all these original copies with him were left in the office. What he has now is his computer file.”
The camp of the whistleblowers is now about to submit the necessary documents that will support the case they will file against Napoles.
“We are about to submit to NBI the affidavit of the witnesses pertaining to the plunder charge, together with the supporting documents.”
Baligod said Luy is also willing to testify before the Senate blue ribbon committee pork scam probe but under certain conditions.
“If he gets any invites from the blue ribbon committee, we will do so but only after we have filed their last affidavit and the documents supporting the plunder charge.”
Baligod also said they believe officials of government owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs) who appeared in the last Senate Ribbon Committee hearing on the scam received money from Napoles.
“Some of the GOCC heads invited in that Blue Ribbon Committee hearing, meron record si Benhur na some of them received commissions.”
He added, “Meron sa mga nag-attend sa hearing.” Baligod however refused to name who among the heads was he referring to.
Napoles, whose bogus non-government organizations (NGOs) allegedly benefitted from the lawmakers pork barrel, is currently detained at Fort Sto. Domingo in Sta. Rosa Laguna for the serious illegal detention case filed against her by Luy.
Charges in relation to the scam have yet to be filed.
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As part of our series to celebrate International Women's Day (March 8) and Women's Month (March), we look back on some of the women who have held court in Malacañang Palace, the country's seat of power. Most of them did so as First Ladies, while a couple of them did so as Presidents.
These women are all interesting, to say the least. Some endeared themselves to the country, others courted controversy. Love them or hate them, these women were in the position to influence not just Pinays, but the whole world as well.
All these photos are courtesy of the Presidential Museum and Library, which is managed by the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO). Most of the details in the captions are also wrought from the information culled by the staff of the Presidential Museum and Library. The choice of the photos was determined only by the available material.