'Marcos,' 'Sotto,' 'Ochoa' found in deleted Luy files

Posted at 05/29/14 7:41 PM

'Tanda,' 'Pogi,' 'Sexy,' also in Luy files

MANILA - The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has found names in the deleted files belonging to pork barrel scam whistleblower Benhur Luy.

The deleted files were discovered by investigators before Luy's hard drive was submitted to the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee.

The NBI got Luy's documents last January 28. The documents came from Luy's hard drive, which supposedly contains the names of those involved in the scam and their transactions.

But before they were turned over by the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, the NBI's cybercrime division discovered that several files had been deleted from Luy's hard drive.

The NBI retrieved the files.

Some of them had code names like "Tanda," "Pogi," "Sexy," "Bonget," "Dahon," "'Bigboy," "Bonjing," "RAD Secretary," and "Commission on Appointments."

Several surnames were also mentioned in the deleted files like Marcos, Sotto, Dangwa, Ochoa, Pangandaman, Ungab, Fuentebella, Valdez, Chiongbian, Rodriguez, Sandoval, Serapio, Lanete, Nieva, Jose, and Evangelista.

There were also files that apparently do not directly refer to specific people -- like All Souls Day, names and birthdays, "Holy Holy Holy, "Hail O Mary," "Priests Authority," and "Pinoy Requests."

Aside from the deleted content, there were also files that were already reported by the media, including the list of individuals who allegedly got pork barrel kickbacks from Janet Lim Napoles.

There were also sample requests for multimillion-peso projects that were unsigned -- such as from a "Senator Juan Ponce Enrile" to an "Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio delos Reyes."

Another was from a "Vicente Sotto" to a "Secretary Florencio Abad."

Luy's lawyer, Raji Mendoza, earlier told ANC the deletion of the files does not mean there was a cover-up, or that some facts are being hidden from the public.

Copies of Luy's files were also distributed to senators by the Office of Senator Guingona.

It is still unclear when the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee will start digging deeper into Luy's files, which can only be explained by Benhur himself. - with ANC