Jinggoy’s pork went to ghost projects – Luy


PORK barrel scam main witness Benhur Luy on Monday testified at the Sandiganbayan 5th Division that there were no purchases or deliveries made on projects funded by Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada’s pork barrel allocations from 2004 to 2012.

“Gagawa kami ng mga peke-pekeng liquidation documents [We just make fake liquidation documents],” he said on direct examination by government lawyer Janina Hidalgo.

Among those fake documents are official receipts (OR), sales invoices, delivery receipts, certificates of acceptance, list of beneficiaries, terminal/accomplishment reports and others.

“Why did you falsify?” Hidalgo asked him. “Wala naman pong naganap na purchase [Because no actual purchase was made],” he replied.

Asked how it was done, Luy said Napoles had ORs made by her cousin. He claimed that they also forged the certificate of acceptance because no actual deliveries were made.

Luy said he and Evelyn de Leon forged the list of supposed beneficiaries under Napoles’ instructions.

He added that the letterheads and headings from mayor’s requests were their sources of forged signatures that he described as “too many” depending on the amount involved.

Their agents submit the list of beneficiaries that they later interchange to make them appear legitimate.

He said he knew Estrada whom he claimed had endorsed several non-government organizations (NGOs) since 2004 up to 2012.

He added that they used middlemen, among them Ruby Tuason and Matt Ranillo, to facilitate the transactions.
Estrada however denied the allegations claiming that he never transacted with Luy.

“Kahit ipatawag nila si Matt Ranillo, I never dealt with him,” Estrada told reporters after the hearing, “I never transacted with Mrs. Napoles. If Benhur Luy says I transact with Mrs. Napoles on commissions, that’s not true,” he added.


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