Sandigan summons bank records of ‘pork’ whistleblowers

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

THE Sandiganbayan first division issued Tuesday a subpoena for the court to open the bank records of pork barrel scam whistleblowers, including Benhur Luy who reportedly has 19 bank accounts.

In a subpoena, five local banks were ordered to bring to court on Thursday the bank records of Luy and other whistleblowers.

Luy is set to take the witness stand on same day to testify on the plunder case of detained Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr., who is accused of channeling his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to the bogus non-government organizations of Janet Lim-Napoles.

The bank representatives will be asked to testify on the veracity and authenticity of the records.

"You are hereby commanded to appear before this Court at the Sandiganbayan Centennial building, on July 24 and 31, then and there to testify in the above entitled case pending therein and to bring the documents stated in the attached request for issuance of Subpoena Duces tecum and/or Ad Testificandum," the subpoena stated.

The order stemmed from the request of Napoles' lawyer, Stephen David, who wants to establish if the whistleblowers have ill-gotten wealth.

The subpoena covers records of 19 bank accounts under Luy's name and five other accounts under the name of his parents.

The anti-graft division also summoned the records of bank accounts of two other whistleblowers, Merlina Suñas and Marina Sula.

Napoles' legal counsel wants to examine the bank history, records and transactions of the whistleblowers.

Their bank records are listed under five different local banks, including BDO Unibank Inc., Metropolitan Bank and TCO, Bank of the Philippine Islands, United Coconut Planters and Landbank of the Philippines, SOGOD and DECS branches. (Sunnex)

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