Lawyer eyes 6 witnesses for pork scam-A A +A
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
MANILA -- Six people will likely be tapped to expound on allegations that some senators and congressmen pocketed pork barrel funds through bogus non-government organizations linked to detained businesswoman Janet Napoles.
Lawyer Levito Baligod said he has 10 whistleblowers but only six are needed to pursue the plunder and malversation cases since the rest are witnesses for the alleged serious illegal detention of main informant Benhur Luy.
“For the purposes of establishing the financial transactions between and among Napoles, the legislators and other government officials, we only need at least six,” he told reporters on Tuesday.
Baligod is expected to submit the voluminous documentary evidence to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Wednesday in preparation for the filing of cases before the Office of the Ombudsman in the coming days.
The evidence, which include documents showing transfer of funds to Napoles-linked NGOs and legislators, went thorough review at the Department of Justice.
“We have the check numbers, the dates and other details. That’s why AMLC (Anti-Money Laundering Council) is undertaking bank inquiry proceedings now so that the government will match the result of the AMLC inquiry with the accounting records of Benhur,” said Baligod.
The Court of Appeals earlier authorized AMLC to examine more than 400 bank accounts owned by Napoles, her family and employees.
A mix of five legislators and government officials will be included in the first batch of cases. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)