Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said Benhur Luy is not clean even if he blew the whistle on the P10-billion pork barrel scam.
Still, de Lima said, Luy is safe from prosecution despite recent discovery that he had amassed wealth amounting to P151 million from 2004 to 2013.
She, however, added that the finding will not impact negatively on Luy’s testimony against Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada.
Besides, de Lima said, the whistleblower is now a state witness who could no longer be prosecuted.
“[Luy is not saying he is clean, precisely the reason why he is called] a whistleblower… he is our principal witness… [he was accepted by the]Ombudsman…,” she added.
The DOJ chief pointed out that Estrada’s main reason in raising the issue of Luy’s bank accounts is to destroy the whistleblower’s credibility as a witness before the Sandiganbayan on charges of plunder against the senator.
De Lima argued that Luy had admitted his participation in the racket, being a trusted aide then of the alleged pork barrel scam architect, Janet Lim-Napoles, his cousin.
She wants to know first the alleged bank accounts are really owned by Luy.
Meanwhile, de Lima said he will order Justice Undersecretary Jose Justiniano to give the final list of the third batch of cases in connection with the pork barrel racket.
She denied making any statement that the third batch of cases is “no longer” a priority of the Justice department.