Napoles testimony unnecessary in 'pork' case: lawyer

By Kathlyn dela Cruz,

Posted at Sep 07 2013 01:14 PM | Updated as of Sep 07 2013 09:33 PM

Whistleblowers' statements, paper trail enough

MANILA -- The testimony of businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles is not necessary for charges to be filed against senators and congressmen tagged in the P10 billion pork barrel scam, the lawyer of the whistleblowers said.

In an interview with radio dzMM Saturday morning, Atty. Levito Baligod said documentary evidence and the sworn statements of the whistleblowers are already enough.

"Hindi po kailangan ang testimonya ni Ginang Napoles para ma-prove po yung allegation natin na merong malversation or even plunder," Baligod said.

He said they have already uncovered paper trail linking lawmakers to Napoles, the alleged mastermind in the scam.

Baligod said key whistleblower Benhur Luy, who was a former employee of Napoles' JLN Corp., has complete accounting records of the transactions made between the businesswoman and the lawmakers from 2004 to 2010.

"Meron pong maliwanag na paper trail," he said, including details on the date of the transaction, who received the money and how it was delivered.

He added that they even have the bank account numbers of some lawmakers who received kickbacks from Napoles.

Baligod also reiterated that turning Napoles into a state witness would not do any good, saying that the businesswoman is the "architect" of the scam.

"Ang delikado po kasi diyan pagka-inallow na maging testigo, eh baka continuung yung kanyang pagsisinungaling at idadawit niya yung mga hindi naman dapat para siya makalusot," he said.

Meanwhile, the lawyer also revealed that senators and congressmen are not the only ones receiving money from Napoles, but even members of the Church and the media.

"It's about time to bring back the decency in everything we do," Baligod said.