Benhur Luy, the main whistleblower in the pork barrel scam, said on Thursday legislators got as much as 50 percent in kickbacks from Janet Lim-Napoles.
Luy, a former trusted employee of Napoles who is now providing testimony against her as a witness under government custody, told the Senate Blue Ribbon committee that Napoles sometimes haggled with a lawmaker on the lawmaker’s cut for releasing part of his Priority Assistance Development Fund (PDAF) to a non-government organization set up or controlled by Napoles.
“The lawmaker will ask for 50 percent, and Napoles would say 45 percent because she has taxes to pay,” Luy said.
The witness also told the committee headed by Sen. Teofisto Guingona III there are times when the lawmaker’s chief of staff would get a balato, or smaller cut, from the deal.
So did the officials of the government agency that released the funding for project Napoles’ NGO was supposed to undertake, Luy said.
Luy said the lawmaker’s cut was deposited directly to the lawmaker’s bank account.
Napoles is the key figure in the multibillion pork barrel scandal which has outraged the nation. She has been detained on charges of illegal detention filed by Luy.