The president of one of the non-government organizations (NGOs) linked to Janet Lim-Napoles was non-existent, whistleblower Benhur Luy told the Sandiganbayan’s Third Division on Friday.
Luy testified at the hearing on Napoles’ petition for bail in a P172-million plunder case against Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile in connection with the pork barrel scam.
Napoles, a businesswoman and a cousin of the racket whistleblower, is the alleged architect of the P10-billion scam.
Based on his testimony, the Philippine Agri and Social Economic Development
Foundation Inc. (Pasedfi)–the president of which was Mae Ann Kilapkilap-managed to get a P25-million project with Enrile in 2006.
The Special Allotment Release Order (SARO) for the project was dated November 29 and coursed through the then-TLRC or Technology and Livelihood Resource Center, now TRC or Technology Resource Center.
It was Napoles’ nephew Ronald John Lim who received the payment on January 31, 2007, Luy said.
Associate Justice Samuel Martires later asked the witness, “Is not your middle name Kilapkilap?”
Luy affirmed that it is his middle name but said there is “no such person,” referring to the president of the Napoles-linked NGO.
He then explained that her sister is named Cherie Ann.
Martires raised the matter about Pasedfi after the witness identified various memoranda of agreement (MOA), saying “That’s why I am surprised, I’m not familiar with Kilapkilap.”
He asked the prosecution why it was not among the NGOs that allegedly implemented the projects of Enrile.
Prosecutor Lalaine Benitez explained that a Commission on Audit (COA) report on the use of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel covered only the years 2007, 2008 and 2009 but the case covers 2004 to 2010.
Martires then asked the prosecution what its basis was for the years 2004, 2005 and 2006.
“Benhur Luy has a record of all the kickbacks from 2004 to 2010,” Benitez replied.
Martires later asked what the total amount of the projects implemented by Kilapkilap was, to which Benhur replied that it was a P25-million project in 2006.
Napoles is in the Correctional Institute for Women in Mandaluyong after a Makati City (Metro Manila) trial court found her guilty in the serious illegal detention case filed by Luy.
Enrile is under hospital arrest at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center in Camp Crame in Quezon City.
His aide Jessica Lucila “Gigi” Reyes, one of their co-accused in the plunder case, is detained at a Bureau of Jail Management and Penology facility in Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City (Metro Manila).
Ronald John Lim and Napoles’ employee John Raymund de Asis remain at large.