Alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles
wants the Sandiganbayan to scrutinize all bank accounts of whistleblower Benhur Luy, saying deposits in the accounts may have also come from pork barrel funds.
“The issues about the alleged misappropriation of the PDAF [Priority Development Assistance Fund or pork barrel] are obviously intertwined. Thus, in the interest of fair play and justice, all the money which are allegedly linked/related to the pork barrel scam should be opened/examined in order to uncover the real truth,” Napoles’ lawyers said.
The prosecution and Luy’s camp had asked the Sandiganbayan’s First Division to void the subpoena it issued to several banks handling Luy’s accounts.
They claimed that the bank accounts were covered by a freeze order application at the Court of Appeals (CA) and a forfeiture case before the Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC).
The CA Special 2nd Division froze the bank accounts of Napoles, her husband Jaime and their children Jo Christine, James Christopher, John Christian, Jeane and Jane.
Also frozen were the bank accounts of Luy, his mother Gertrudes and brother Arthur, Merlina Suñas and Marina Sula, among others.
Saying the RTC issued a provisional asset preservation order, Napoles’ lawyers claimed that there is already a finding that the bank accounts of Luy, his brother and mother are linked to the pork barrel scam.
“No one should be spared. Not even Benhur Luy, Gertrudes Luy, Merlina Suñas and Marina Sula, who are the presidents of the NGOs [non-government organizations] in the said scam,” they said.
Napoles is facing plunder charges at the Sanidganbayan, along with senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr.
The Court of Appeals earlier allowed the government to scrutinize the bank accounts of Enrile, Estrada and Revilla.