Senate panel gets hold of Luy’s files

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After days of waiting, the Senate blue ribbon committee finally received on Wednesday the controversial files of Benhur Luy, the principal witness to the pork barrel scam.

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National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Director Virgilio Mendez handed committee chairman Sen. Teofisto Guingona 3rd a sealed CD copy. The CD contains detailed information on the alleged recipients of pork kickbacks and commissions, circumstances about the disbursements, distribution and allocations of the pork barrel budget to fraudulent and non-existent foundations and non-government organizations.

Mendez said if printed, the files in the CD would reach more than 31,700 pages.

“The hard copy that was produced out of the hard drive was already submitted to the Ombudsman in compliance with the subpoena issued to us in February,” he added.

Ronaldo Aguto Jr. chief of the NBI’s Cybercrime Division, admitted that some files submitted to them were deleted but he explained that his office was able to retrieve them.

Guingona said his panel will analyze Luy’s files and compare them with the affidavit submitted on Tuesday by Janet Lim-Napoles, the alleged mastermind of the pork barrel scam. The Senate, however, failed to provide the media copies of the Luy CD on Wednesday but Guingona promised to distribute copies to reporters today.

Published reports indicated that Luy’s files revealed the transactions of Napoles and her non-government organizations from 2002 to 2012.

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