Priest claims pork barrel scam whistleblower Benhur Luy wasn’t detained by Janet Lim Napoles

He claims Luy wanted to undergo a religious renewal.

Mike Frialde of The Philippine Star reports that a priest who testified in defense of Janet Lim Napoles at her bail hearing on Wednesday (October 30) claimed that whistleblower Benhur Luy "was not illegally detained but had spent a spiritual retreat at the house in Magallanes Village" that reportedly belonged to the controversial businesswoman.


Fr. Peter Edward Lavin was quoted in the report as saying that he was asked by Napoles' brother, Reynald Lim, to help arrange Luy's retreat because the latter "wanted to undergo a religious renewal for alleged drug addiction and involvement in an alleged anomalous loan." The priest said he offered a retreat house adjacent to a seminary in Antipolo for Luy’s retreat but the whistleblower chose to stay at a house called "Bahay ni San Jose" inside Magallanes Village.


The priest added that he was unaware that Luy was detained inside the house because the whistleblower appeared "quite happy" whenever Lavin visited him.


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