Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Close  
  • share this

Napoles taxed lawmakers’ kickbacks in pork scam, says Luy

/ 05:12 PM May 15, 2015
Principal whistle-blower Benhur Luy. Noy Morcoso/INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

Principal whistle-blower Benhur Luy. Noy Morcoso/INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

Accused mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles got a five-percent tax for herself on top of her alleged kickbacks from lawmakers’ funds in the alleged pork barrel scam, a witness told the Sandiganbayan Third Division on Friday.

During Napoles’ bail hearing from plunder, principal whistle-blower Benhur Luy said Napoles charged a five-percent tax on lawmakers’ Priority Development Assistance Funds (PDAF) kickbacks and that Napoles raked these for herself.

Yung five percent tax, napupunta lang kay Janet Lim-Napoles. Makakabawas na nga, mapupunta pa sa kanya,” Luy said.

ADVERTISEMENT

The witness said a lawmaker getting 40 percent kickbacks would then get less than the agreed percentage of rebates.

At this point, Napoles, who was present in the hearing, suddenly gasped at Luy’s allegation.

Napoles is accused of pocketing at the most 50 percent commissions in lawmakers’ PDAF while lawmakers allegedly got 40 to 50 percent.

For his part, Napoles’ lawyer Stephen David found it ludicrous that lawmakers would agree that their kickbacks in the scam would be further lessened.

Mayroon bang senador na papayag na ang kanilang komisyon ay mabawasan, unless para sa gobyerno yan?” David said.

Kung tayong dalawa, hindi tayo magde-deliver, kalokohan na babawasan pa ng VAT (value added tax). Wala namang VAT na kinukurakot.

Napoles is accused of conniving with lawmakers in the scheme of pilfering their PDAF to ghost projects for kickbacks. She is serving life sentence at the Correctional Institution for Women for the serious illegal detention of Luy.

ADVERTISEMENT
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Benhur Luy, Janet Lim Napoles, pork barrel scam
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.
newsinfo

Polangui Mayor Sampal slapped with charges

July 18, 2018 04:21 AM

entertainment

‘Respeto’ wins in New York

July 18, 2018 12:20 AM

entertainment

Webcam catches young cutie with his pants down

July 18, 2018 12:15 AM

entertainment

‘Star Wars Rebels’ ends on a bittersweet note

July 18, 2018 12:10 AM



© Copyright 1997-2018 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.