Key figure in ‘pork’ scam blasts whistleblowerJuly 26, 2013 10:51 pm
Benhur Luy is a drug user, promiscuous homosexual and check forger.
The description of one of the whistleblowers in the P10-billion Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) anomaly was provided by Janet Lim Napoles, the woman Luy said was behind the pork barrel misuse that involves five senators and two congressmen.
Napoles and her lawyers attended the weekly forum at Balitaan sa Hotel Rembrandt on Friday, the first time she faced the media after she was implicated in the controversy.
Napoles said Luy was the son of her househelp whom she took in as her personal assistant.
She said Luy duped her of over P5 million by forging her signature to obtain a bank loan.
She discovered the fraud last Holy Week when the bank called her up to demand payment for the loan.
One of Napoles’ lawyers, Irene Garcia, reading from a prepared statement, said Luy “is known for his habitual use of illegal drugs, his promiscuous sexual activities with different men, and his penchant for collecting illegal pornographic materials.”
Napoles’ lead counsel, Lorna Kapunan, said her client is a legitimate businesswoman and a private person and is not involved in any government contracts involving the PDAF.
The lawmakers being dragged into the scam are not Napoles’ friends, Kapunan said.
“Ms. Napoles is a victim of harassment and a target of extortionists. Worse, she is unfairly being persecuted in the media,” she said.
Kapunan said Luy has confessed to “forging the signature of our client and even the lawmakers.
She said what they want now is to uncover who are behind the stories maligning Napoles.
Kapunan said all the claims of extortion by Napoles and attempts to harass Luy have all been dismissed by the Department of Justice. Luy is also facing charges of qualified theft for forging Napoles’ signature.
She dared investigators to reveal the backers of Luy.
“Was Benhur behind the scam? Who told him to forge the signatures? Who told him to fix the companies? We want to know,” Kapunan said.Luy betrayed Napoles’ trust despite the financial help Napoles gave to his family, the lawyer said.
Kapunan said Napoles is willing to open her bank records to scrutiny in connection with the PDAF mess, but “with the appropriate court order.”