MANILA (Mabuhay) – Government prosecutors are set to wrap up their presentation of evidence on the serious illegal detention case filed against alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles.
The prosecution panel will present its ninth and last witness, Benhur Luy, Napoles’ supposed victim, on May 26 at 9:30 a.m.
Luy was supposed to be presented during Monday’s hearing, but defense lawyer Alfredo Villamor asked that it be deferred as he had an appointment with his cardiologist.
“Next hearing na lang para tuloy-tuloy na. I won’t be able to finish the cross examination [today] just the same so I asked to have it reset para kumpleto na,” Villamor told reporters after the hearing.
Villamor was seen at Ospital ng Makati, where Napoles is confined, after the day’s court proceedings.
After the prosecution ends its presentation, the defense panel will start presenting its 17 witnesses, at least six of whom are priests, to belie Luy’s claim that he was detained by Napoles.
During Monday’s hearing, the prosecution adopted the testimony and sworn affidavit of Ma. Flor Villanueva during a separate hearing on Napoles’ bail petition.
They also presented Mary Arlene Baltazar, who testified that Luy’s fund at Metrobank Ortigas amounting to P800,000 was transferred to the account of JLN Corporation, the firm owned by Napoles.
She said it was not Luy who signed the fund transfer papers as he was no longer in the office when that happened.
“Mia Alvarez asked me to copy the signature of Benhur, sabi ko hindi ako marunong. Nagpunta siya kay Evelyn de Leon, by 5 p.m. [of December 19, 2012] napirmahan ni Evelyn yung papel. Ako ang nag-fax sa Metrobank,” Baltazar said.
The document was faxed the next day, she said.
“During that time, Napoles was at the Heritage Park. We were instructed to facilitate the transfer [of the fund] Napoles instructed Mia,” Baltazar added.
Another witness, Marina Sula, was presented. She testified that Bahay ni San Jose at 55 Lapu-Lapu Street in Magallanes Village, Makati, where Luy claimed to have been detained, is owned by Napoles.
She said Napoles bought it in November 2010 and put under the name of La Roca Enterprises, which was supposedly another company owned by Napoles.
“Since iisa pa lang ang property ng La Roca, I was told na ipangalan sa La Roca yung property,” Sula told the court.
The other property under the name of La Roca was located at 9 Narra Street, Forbes Park, Makati City.
Sula also said that a unit at South Garden Pacific Plaza where Luy was rescued on March 22, 2013 was owned by Napoles.
She added that at the height of the pork barrel scam issue, Napoles told them to report for work there.
“Nung PDAF [Priority Development Assistance Fund] scam dun kami pinagre-report ni Napoles until nung August 2013 na umalis ako,” Sula said. (MNS)