MANILA — Senator Jinggoy Estrada on Monday lashed back at Benhur Luy, the primary whistleblower in the alleged pork barrel scam, saying the former trusted man of alleged pork barrel scam queen Janet Lim Napoles amassed nearly Php152 million from 2004 to 2013.
Armed with documents obtained from the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC), Estrada said he can easily prove his allegations that Luy is not a credible witness.
Estrada is facing graft and plunder charges for his alleged involvement in the pork barrel scam.
He said the documents showed that Luy got the money deposited in several bank accounts with Metrobank, Air Materiel Wing Savings and Loan Association (AMWSLAI), and the United Coconut Planters Bank (UCPB).
Sandiganbayan on February allowed Estrada to examine the bank records of key whistleblowers as part of his defense in the cases he is facing.
Estrada earlier asked the Sandiganbayan to subpoena Luy’s bank accounts as well as that of his mother and of several other whistleblowers.
In addition to this, he also asked for any document on AMLC investigations into the said accounts, and for representatives of the council to be present during the senator’s bail hearing.
On the other hand, prosecutors opposed Estrada’s bid to have bank accounts of whistleblowers subpoenaed, saying such a broad request was nothing but a “fishing expedition.”
He has since turned whistleblower and is the primary witness in the government’s plunder and graft charges against Senators Estrada, Ramon Bong Revilla Jr., and Juan Ponce Enrile.