MANILA (Mabuhay) – Primary whistleblower Benhur Luy on Thursday admitted that he, too, received a portion of the kickbacks from the Priority Development Assistance Fund scam allegedly masterminded by his cousin, businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles.
“’Pag inipon, mga P3-4M net ‘yung natanggap kong commission from 2004 to 2012,” he said.
Luy, who first exposed the scam that saw lawmakers’ pork barrel funds diverted to bogus NGOs, served as president of the Social Development Program for Farmers Foundation Inc., one of the foundations Napoles set up for the scam.
But in open court, Luy said that while he received commissions, it was far less than what was promised to him by Napoles.
“Wala kaming kita talaga [as president of NGOs] kasi foundation ni Madame Janet Lim Napoles ‘yun. Dapat 1.5 percent ang mapupunta sa NGO, 1 percent sa president, tapos .5 percent sa incorporators. Pero ‘yung 1 percent, verbal lang ‘yun, hindi naman natutupad,” Luy said, adding that Napoles would not give his commissions when she would feign anger.
“Minsan nagpapanggap-panggap siya na nagagalit-galitan, para ‘di na kami bigyan ng komisyon. ‘Di naman ‘yun nasusunod, ‘yung 1 percent. Halimbawa kung P250,000 dapat ‘yung sa akin, [usually] P30,000 or P50,000 lang binibigay niya, nalalakihan pa siya. ‘Yung remaining [of the commissions,] sa kaniya na ‘yun,” Luy added.
Luy is a prosecution witness in the bail hearings of Napoles and others accused of plunder in the Sandiganbayan First Division, including Senator Ramon Bong Revilla Jr., and his senior staffer, Atty. Richard Cambe.
Revilla and his co-accused are facing plunder and graft charges in connection with the pork barrel scam. Both Revilla and Cambe are detained at the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame.
On the other hand, Napoles is detained at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City.
No reason to be mad at Napoles
In his testimony, Luy said that even though he did not receive the full extent of the pork barrel kickbacks promised to him, he had no reason to be mad at Napoles, who took care of him as an employee.
“’Di naman ako galit, ‘di naman ako pwedeng mag-demand, empleyado naman kami at pinsan ko siya. Sumusweldo naman kami, at grateful naman ako, kasi pinatira niya ako sa condo niya. Tapos ‘yung isang kotseng binili ng JLN Corporation, sa akin assigned,” he said.
“Bale kung mayroon, salamat. Kung wala, okay lang,” he added
Luy said that when he started working for Napoles, he initially received a salary of P8,000 monthly.
Incidentally, Napoles is also facing a serious illegal detention case filed by Luy.
In 2012, Napoles allegedly detained Luy for three months after discovering that he secured a P5.5-million loan using her name and without her authorization. Napoles has also accused Luy of stealing P300,000 that he was supposed to deposit to her account.
Upon his rescue in March 2013, Luy subsequently squealed on the alleged pork barrel scam. (MNS)