Pork barrel scam whistleblower Benhur Luy explains how Janet Napoles allegedly "processed" funds from lawmakers; He also talks about a "

This thing is definitely more complicated than a telenovela.

InterAksyon.com’s Ernie P. Reyes reports that whistleblower Benhur Luy has claimed that "the alleged brains of the pork barrel scam, Janet Lim Napoles, gave millions of pesos in kickbacks to lawmakers two ways: by depositing money in designated bank accounts of congressmen or issuing manager’s checks to them; or giving cash to senators or their staff, who disdained any other form of payment."  Luy made this revelation on Thursday, September 12, when he appeared at the Senate blue ribbon committee’s third hearing on the P10-billion scam involving the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

 

According to Luy, "it was usually Napoles herself who would personally get the cash from her staff at JLN Corp. and then meet with a lawmaker, if cash is the preferred mode of transaction." When askedif he had any evidence that this indeed happened, Luy said he "kept ledgers detailing, daily, all money flows involving his boss and second cousin, Napoles." Luy also added: "Once implementing agencies alerted them of checks being available for project payment, the funds they withdrew from the banks, the money would either be withdrawn and credited in various accounts of Ms. Napoles, or withdrawn as cash and brought to their office at Discovery Suites or Napoles’ home at Pacific Plaza condominium." There, as Luy claimed, "the cash would be placed in bags and kept in the master’s bedroom, or usually, in the bath tub, with corresponding tags to reflect their amount."

 

Luy was not allowed to name anyone during his testimony at the Senate, but he did refer to a male senator whom he said they called "Sexy." Luy explained that this paticular senator got this tag because he had lost a lot of weight.

 

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