Of Mr. 'Sexy' and bathtubs: Netizens react to Luy testimony
MANILA – After Justice Secretary Leila de Lima set aside her reservations on pork barrel scam whistleblowers testifying at the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing, Benhur Luy faced lawmakers and detailed how Janet Lim Napoles allegedly ran her “business."
The mysterious Mr. “Sexy,” one of the Senate insiders Luy said he and his co-workers spoke with, was only one of the topics which roused interest in the committee members. However, despite Senator Escudero’s dissatisfaction with De Lima’s insistence that no names be named before cases are filed, Luy avoided dropping hints on the identities of the lawmakers involved in the scam.
Filipinos who followed Luy’s testimony on television and radio, and on live stream and social media on the internet, expressed outrage online at the scope of Napoles’ influence, the lengths that her company went to get hold of public funds, and the amounts that were coursed through fake non-government organizations.
Others were shocked at what Luy revealed.
Literal talagang naliligo sa pera si JLN.. Nilalagay sa bathtub yung bags ng pera.
— Jem Repatacodo (@blueberryjem) September 12, 2013
Sa dami ng pera, nilalagay na lang sa bathtub. Ako walang cash, wala din bathtub. Pero malinis ang konsyensya ko. Jaron 1 Napoles 0.
— Jaron Genota (@jarongenota) September 12, 2013
They also wished Luy luck and hoped he would remain safe.
Benhur Luy must not die while investigations are ongoing...
— Troll Trader (@doublebottomsec) September 12, 2013
Benhur Luy was very composed, credible and even giggling and smiling while answering the questions at the hearing today. I salute you!
— Anna Maris Igpit (@annaigpit) September 12, 2013
Despite his testimony, they also questioned why Luy and his co-workers never thought that what they were doing was illegal, and why he is not yet allowed to name the senators involved in the scam.
— Flipland (@flipland) September 12, 2013
Lakas maka-blind item nung Sexy Senator kyeme ni Benhur Luy.. Wala na bang ibang clue?
— angelo_esteban (@naughtyangelo) September 12, 2013
— Mafe de Guia (@themapetshow) September 12, 2013
Galing magdeliver ni Benhur Luy. Parang nakikipagkwentuhan ng kaswal lang. Ganun talaga pag nde nagsisinungaling. I pray for his protection.
— OlgaMarie (@olga_marie_p) September 12, 2013
However, despite the gravity of Luy’s testimony, many still focused on such issues as whether he is gay or straight.
— Mcoy Fundales (@mcoyfundales) September 12, 2013
Wala akong pakialam kung bakla si Benhur Luy. At this moment siya ang pinaka matapang na lalake sa buong pilipinas. #Napoles
— Enchong Quijano (@IamSuperQuijano) September 12, 2013