Commissions allegedly received by Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. were stashed in trolleys, pork barrel scam whistleblower Benhur Luy testified before the Sandiganbayan on Thursday.
The court was hearing the bail plea of Revilla, who is accused of amassing P224 million in kickbacks by pouring his pork barrel funds ino bogus projects. Plunder is a non-bailable offense.
Luy, a cousin and former employee of alleged pork scam brains Janet-Lim-Napoles, said the money was put in trolleys, bags and boxes because “it’s heavy and risky because it is cash.”
He said Napoles and the lawmaker would agree on the commissions, which is usually 50 percent. The money would be paid in two installments.
“How do you know about the agreement?” Prosecutor Joefferson Toribio asked Luy who answered, “Napoles and Cambe told me and I was there when she gives the commission,” Luy answered.
He said after receiving documents such as project listings, endorsement letters with a designated non-government organization (NGO), Special Allotment Release Orders (Saros) and notice of cash allocations (NCAs), Napoles would instruct him to prepare vouchers with control numbers that she would sign and approve.
Luy said after he had prepared the vouchers and the money, Napoles would count the cash in front of Revilla’s chief of staff Richard Cambe.
Cambe would then sign the vouchers as proof that he received the commission, which was then put inside trolleys, bags or boxes. John Raymund de Asis assisted Cambe, he added.
Luy further testified that after Cambe faxed copies of the Saros from the DBM to him, “Napoles instructs me to prepare a draft endorsement letter of Revilla designating an NGO [non-government organization] of Napoles and authorizing Cambe to act on his [Revilla’s] behalf.”
It was Cambe who also brought the signed endorsement letter of Revilla, a signed memorandum of agreement bearing Cambe’s signature, and a project proposal if there is any, the whistleblower said.
Luy added that he received 16 Saros from Cambe from 2006 to 2010, copies of which were in the JLN office but already shredded.
The bail hearing will resume next Thursday.