Revilla lawyer happy with Luy's testimony

by Pia Gutierrez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 28 2014 04:56 PM | Updated as of Aug 29 2014 12:56 AM

MANILA - Pork barrel scam whistleblower Benhur Luy finished his testimony at the Sandiganbayan First Division Thursday morning for the bail hearing of Senator Bong Revilla, lawyer Richard Cambe, and Janet Lim Napoles.

The three have been charged with plunder in connection with the pork barrel scam.

"Okay lang, kapag nagsasabi ka naman ng totoo, hindi ka mate-tense. Tuloy-tuloy lang, hindi naman ako nahirapan," Luy told the media after defense lawyers finished his cross-examination.

During today's hearing, Luy admitted to defense lawyer Joel Bodegon that he did not personally see Revilla sign endorsement letters to the Department of Budget and Management. He also admitted to not seeing the senator give any endorsement letter to Napoles.

He also said that he did go to Revilla's residence to supposedly deliver the senator’s kickbacks. He added he did not see any manager's check issued for Revilla’s alleged payment.

Bodegon said he was very happy with the answers that he elicited from Luy. He said Luy’s admissions speak volumes for the senator's case.

Luy was grilled by both the prosecution and defense on the witness stand for six consecutive hearings on his involvement in the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam transactions.

On Thursday afternoon, the prosecution presented Joey Ignacio Narciso, special investigator of the NBI Cybercrime Division, to determine the veracity of the evidence obtained from Luy's hard drive.

Luy earlier told the court that he made a copy of his files from the JLN Corporation in 2012, which he then submitted to the NBI. The hard drive included ledgers detailing day-to-day transactions of the corporation and summaries of rebates or kickbacks from the pork barrel scam.

Narciso testified that he made an image copy of the files from Luy's hard drive and then used a software to verify that those were indeed truthful reproductions of the digital files.