Baligod: No hard feelings towards Luy

From a report by Jay Ruiz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 04 2014 10:04 PM | Updated as of Mar 05 2014 07:09 AM

He is still a private complainant in PDAF, Malampaya scams

MANILA -- Atty. Levito Baligod said he has no ill feelings towards key pork barrel scam whistleblower Benhur Luy despite the latter's decision to drop him as counsel.

Baligod and Luy developed a deep relationship since the multibillion-peso pork barrel scam was exposed last year.

They had been together from the rescue of Luy in a condominium owned by Janet Lim Napoles, the alleged architect of the scam, to the filing of charges against lawmakers and others allegedly involved in the anomaly.

But Luy has decided to replace Baligod, saying the lawyer has been too busy attending to "other advocacies."

Luy has already hired at least three young lawyers.

Despite this, Baligod said he has no hard feelings towards Luy.

"Maganda yung nangyayari dahil nakikita natin na maraming mga abogado ang interested na mabilang dito sa ating adhikain na mapanagot yung dapat mapanagot. At ang naiwan na lamang na trabaho ni Benhur ay yung magtestify sa Sandiganbayan kung sakaling isampa yung kaso," he said.

Baligod admitted he has been busy with other witnesses and concerns because of the number of lawmakers involved and the vastness of the pork barrel and Malampaya fund scams.

"Bilang private complainant, meron akong obligasyon na mapalakas yung mga kaso. So dahil natapos na natin na makuha kay Benhur yung mga impormasyon na nalalaman niya, ako naman ay nagfocus sa ibang mga potential witnesses para mabuo na natin yung chain of evidence na sinasabi natin," he said.

Even if he is no longer Luy's lawyer, Baligod asserted that he will still be a private complainant in the PDAF and Malampaya scams.

"Intensyon naman natin nung umpisa pa lamang ay yung pangalagaan din yung interes ng ating bayan at makaambag man lamang tayo kahit konti sa ating adhikain na magkaroon tayo ng reporma at magandang gobyerno," he said.

Several others who have personal knowledge of the plunder of billions of pesos in taxpayers' money are expected to surface in the coming weeks.