MANILA (Mabuhay) — For whistleblower Benhur Luy, the most “demonic person” in his life is businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles, who allegedly had him detained and kept him away from his family.
“Si Janet Lim-Napoles (ang pinaka-evil). Siya ang nagpakulong sa akin,” Luy told Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150 when asked by the prosecutor Wednesday who was the most evil person for him.
Luy, when asked earlier by a defense lawyer if he thinks Reynald “Jojo” Lim was the most evil person for him, said the latter was just “part evil.”
Napoles and Lim were accused of serious illegal detention for detaining Luy at Bahay ni San Jose retreat house in Magallanes Village, Makati City for three months. Napoles has been arrested while Lim remains at large.
During the cross-examination, the defense panel confronted Luy with inconsistencies between his sworn affidavit and testimony before the court.
Lawyer Alfredo Villamor said these statements by Luy in court were not in his affidavit:
that Lim threatened to remove his eyes, ears, and nose;
that he was told by Lim to tell his parents that he was staying at Discovery Suites and not in Magallanes; and
that Lim left Luy’s mother’s picture as a form of threat to the latter’s life.
Luy said those details were not included in his affidavit by the legal team that composed it.
“Sinabi ko lahat. Ikinuwento sa legal (counsel) ko pero ang kinuha ay ‘yung mahalaga lang. Ang sabi hindi lahat pwede isulat dahil baka sobrang madami na. The rest ay ite-testify na lang sa court,” he explained.
Confronted by the testimony of NBI agent Rodante Berou that Luy allegedly said during the rescue operation that Lim did not do anything bad to him, Luy said he was not aware of Berou’s statement.
Luy’s testimony ended before 11 am.
The prosecution will formally offering their documentary evidence before the court. The defense panel is expected to present their first witness Wednesday. (MNS)