JUSTICE Secretary Leila de Lima on Friday announced that there was an arrest warrant issued by the Pasig Regional Trial Court against P10-billion ‘pork scam’ whistle-blower Benhur Luy in connection with the complaint for qualified theft filed against him by trader Janet Lim Napoles.
De Lima said if the warrant will be served against Luy and will be coursed through the justice department’s Witness Protection Program (WPP), her office will inform the court that the witness has already been admitted to the program.
“[H]e is under [WPP] and so we will not turn him over physically,” she said.
“[We] will file a proper manifestation and motion informing the court that he is under WPP and we’ll ask that he remains under [our]custody.”
De Lima explained the court normally accepts motions in certain cases like that of Luy.
However, the justice chief explained that Luy is currently on provisional coverage and that his case is under evaluation to convert into a regular coverage.
Luy had implicated his former boss, Napoles of JLN Corp., for allegedly using non-government organizations (NGOs) as dummy beneficiaries of taxpayer’s money.
Also on Friday, Napoles’ lawyer, Alfredo Villamor was optimistic that there was nothing anomalous about the warrant of arrest against Luy.
Villamor believes the judge handling the case against Luy was just doing his job.
Moreover, the lawyer said it took almost two months before the case was resolved by the Pasig City Prosecutor’s Office and more than a week before the Pasig RTC issued an arrest warrant for Luy.
“It is therefore very clear that there nothing hasty about the case and warrant in question,” Villamor added.