News accounts of whistleblower Benhur Luy’s testimony at the Sandiganbayan have raised questions about his credibility and culpability in the pork barrel plunder case against businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles.
Under cross examination by Napoles lawyer Stephen David, Luy gave conflicting answers and was unresponsive to relevant questions raised by the defense during the hearing for bail of Senator Ramon”Bong” Revilla and his chief aide, Richard Cambe.
David was able impugn the testimony of Luy when he cited immigration records showing the witness was out of the country in 2004-2013 when he purportedly entered JLN transactions in his personal ledger. David pointed out that as president of his NGO, Luy had to execute a power of attorney to Napoles whenever he was out of the country to carry out these transactions. Luy was unable to produce such a document.
Luy also refused to open his bank accounts as sought by Stephen David and ordered by the court. Luy’s lawyers claim it was not their client who is on trial.
David sought to show Luy was not merely a Napoles stooge but a willing and major participant in siphoning billions of pesos from the Priority Development Assistance Funds of legislators to non existent non-government organizations some of which he is listed in the Securities and Exchange C omission as president.