VP Binay is sponsor in Baligod wedding

By Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 26 2014 01:28 PM | Updated as of May 27 2014 05:37 AM

MANILA - Lawyer Levito Baligod is getting married soon and one of the principal sponsors in the wedding is none other than Vice-President Jejomar Binay.

Baligod told reporters he is set to marry Marilou Galenzoga, a former mayoralty candidate and a regional officer of the United Nationalist Alliance of Binay, former President Joseph Estrada and Senator Juan Ponce Enrile.

Baligod confirmed that Vice-President Binay is one of the principal sponsors in his wedding but said there is no politics involved.

Two of the accused in the pork barrel scam, Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Enrile, are known allies of Binay.

Baligod is the former lawyer of pork barrel scam whistleblowers Benhur Luy and Merlina Sunas. He is also a private complainant in the charges filed before the Ombudsman in connection with the scam.

The pork barrel scam involves the alleged funneling of priority development assistance funds (PDAF) of lawmakers to fake non-government organizations set up by Janet Lim Napoles.

In an interview, Baligod clarified Monday that he and Sunas separated amicably. "Walang tampo or galit or abandonment," he said.

He also said they both agreed that another lawyer, Dominic Garen, who is also one of the original lawyers of the whistle-blowers, will be taking over.

Baligod also said there is no list of alleged pork barrel scam players from whistle-blower Benhur Luy.

He said he was the one who prepared the list, which was stored in a hard drive and a copy of which was given to the Inquirer. Some names were not included in the list since the whistle-blowers did not have personal knowledge of the transactions, he said.

Baligod said he cannot attest to the accuracy of the list published by the Inquirer.


He also said any audio recording of an alleged bribery attempt by Janet Napoles should be made public.

Baligod confirmed that a certain Atty. Villamor offered him 5 million pesos on March 23, 2013 after the rescue of Benhur Luy from alleged detention. He said he declined the offer.

Another offer was made through a former high-ranking government official amounting to 38 million pesos on March 27.

He also said there was an offer of 280 million pesos to 300 million pesos to the whistle-blowers.

He also confirmed that a meeting arranged on March 25, 2013 turned out to be with Napoles.

Baligod said Napoles reiterated the offer that the lawyer drop the serious illegal detention case filed against her.

He said Napoles was surprised that Villamor only offered 5 million pesos when the offer was supposed to be 50 million pesos.

"P*****, 50 million yun eh," he recalled Napoles as saying.

He said he again declined the offer and instead told her that she should get a good criminal lawyer such as Atty Sigfrid Fortun.

Baligod said Napoles should not be declared a state witness since she does not meet the standards set by the "spirit and the letter of the law."