Napoles wants more Luy bank accounts examined


Alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles wants to have a peek at four more bank accounts of whistleblower-turned-state witness Benhur Luy, in addition to his 19 accounts earlier listed in her request for a subpoena.

Luy, a former Napoles employee, is testifying in Sen. Ramon Revilla Jr.’s bail hearings over Revilla’s P224-million plunder case to which Napoles is also a respondent.

In a manifestation with a request for the issuance of a subpoena for additional bank accounts, the defense listed four more accounts of Luy from Metrobank in addition to accounts in BPI, Metrobank and UCPB.

The court’s First Division earlier issued a subpoena to banks with accounts of ‘pork’ informants including Luy, his brother Arthur and mother Gertrudes, and witnesses Marina Sula and Merlina Suñas, after Napoles’ lawyers asked for such.

These include BDO Unibank Inc., Metropolitan Bank & TCO (Metrobank), Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), United Coconut Planters (UCPB) and Landbank of the Philippines (Landbank).

But Luy and the banks that were issued the subpoena were adamant in opposing the opening of the accounts.

Several banks said they want to know first what specific documents are on the prosecutors’ mind.

Napoles’ camp clarified that they want bank account transactions, which consist bank deposits, withdrawals and requests for fund transfers, from the time the accounts were opened until these were closed.

It asked that a subpoena be issued to various banks for accounts of pork barrel scam informants in addition to the ones they earlier listed.

Six more accounts from BDO and another one from Metrobank were listed for Arthur Luy, two more accounts in Metrobank and one from UCPB for Gertrudes Luy

Marina Sula has one account from BPI, three from Citibank, four from Metrobank, two from the Philippine Savings Bank and one from UCPB while Merlina Suñas has two accounts in Metrobank.

During the Revilla bail hearings, Napoles also sought to see Luy’s travel history.

A formal request for it was filed last Friday where her lawyers asked the Sandiganbayan’s First Division to issue a subpoena to the Bureau of Immigration’s legal division for Luy’s travel history from 2004 to 2013.


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