Whistleblower explains 'pork barrel scam'

Posted at 07/15/2013 11:18 PM

MANILA - How were fake non-government organizations (NGOs) used to milk the government of lawmakers' pork barrel funds?

Benhur Luy, the key whistleblower in the alleged P10-billion pork barrel scam, agreed to speak with ABS-CBN News at an undisclosed location in Metro Manila.

Luy is the president of the Social Development Program for Farmers Foundation.

He said of the more than P600 million received by the foundation from the pork barrel of lawmakers, not a single centavo went to farmers.

"Walang matitira. Sa bulsa napupunta pondo," he said.

Luy claimed that his boss -- Janet Lim Napoles of JLN Corporation -- set up more than 20 NGOs and foundations, and used the names of househeld helpers, drivers, relatives, and employees as presidents.

He said in a span of 10 years, the groups received billions of pesos from lawmakers.

"Daang milyon ang pinapasok na pondo sa mga NGOs na ito na ginagawang conduit lamang," he said.

Luy explained how the scam worked.
   
First, Napoles allegedly offered lawmakers 40% to 50% of the worth of projects in exchange for their PDAF.

He said she would then connive with implementing agencies so that her foundations and NGOs would land the funds.
     
"Binibili niya lahat ng tao gamit ang pera. Corrupt lahat," Luy said.

He said Napoles now has so much money that she has bought more than 50 house and lots at high-end subdivisions and owns 15 luxury vehicles.
   
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima has already offered to place Luy in the witness protection program.

But she said the National Bureau of Investigation is still confirming Luy's allegations. - ANC