Benhur Luy, the 32-year-old star witness of the P10-billion scam involving the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), has revealed before the Senate blue ribbon committee on September 12 how several legislators had connived with his cousin Janet Lim-Napoles so they can pocket a large percentage of the money entrusted to them for their projects.

“When I joined Mrs. Napoles, there were already lawmakers who would go to the office—that was already a system in the office,” quoted Luy as saying during the hearing. “They would go [to our office] and offer their PDAF. [They would ask] if we would like to implement [their project].”

He then revealed that the government conduits would get 10 percent of a project’s face value while Napoles received 40 percent, and the rest of the amount would go to the lawmaker whose PDAF was used. Napoles’s staff would then withdraw the funds from the bank, place the money inside several bags, and would bring the cash either to her office or to her residence.

“If Ms. Napoles was not in the office, the money would be brought to her residence [at Pacific Plaza Towers in Taguig],” Luy explained. “It would be taken from the elevator to the masters’ bedroom. Since it couldn’t possibly fit inside her vault, sometimes we would place it on her bed, sometimes in her bathtub.”

Once a project has been identified and listed by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Napoles would give the legislator half of their share. The other half of the money would be released to the politician after the Special Allotment Release oOrder (SARO) was given by the DBM. The “ghost” projects were usually unimplemented proposals, but Luy said that Napoles’s company would sometimes make actual deliveries, which were intentionally overpriced or were sometimes not completed.

For the politicians’ payouts, if Napoles herself or her driver cannot deliver the money to the legislators, the cash would instead be entrusted to their chiefs of staff, who would personally visit Napoles’s office. Luy did not name the legislators involved in the scam, but reports that he did mention that “Sexy” was a code name for one of them.

"Kasi po 'nung una po kasi ano siya, mataba daw tapos biglang pumayat kaya sexy na ang tawag namin (Because he used to be chubby, but he suddenly became slim so we would call him 'sexy')," Luy explained when asked by Sen. Francis Escudero for the reason behind the nickname.

When Sen. Ralph Recto asked Luy if Napoles had a partner or a boss, he replied that there was nobody else behind the scam.

Siya 'yung mastermind (She was the mastermind),”he said.

(Screencap via YouTube)

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