Benhur Luy: My mom begged Napoles for my freedom
MANILA - Pork barrel scam whistleblower Benhur Luy continued his testimony Tuesday during the bail hearing of his former boss, Janet Lim Napoles, at the Makati Regional Trial Court.
Luy, who is also a government witness in the plunder case pending at the Ombudsman against Napoles and several high ranking government officials, broke down 2 times during direct examination.
The first occasion was when he told the story of how his mother begged for a chance to kneel before Napoles to have him freed.
He cried again while recounting how his father told him that there seemed no hope of convincing Napoles and his brother Jojo Lim of letting him go.
When Luy was rescued by the National Bureau of Investigation on March 22, Luy said he was initially reluctant to go with the operatives for fear of his life.
He said he thought the armed men were sent to kill him.
He was later convinced to cooperate after speaking to his mother and hearing one of the agents saying that Lim was under arrest.
The defense proceeded to cross-examine Luy, and focused on the letters he sent to his parents and Napoles.
They insisted that in his private correspondence with family, he made no mention of his detention nor made an appeal to be rescued.
Luy had secretly slipped a letter in the back pocket of her sister in one visit in February.
The defense also presented the pages of Luy's personal journal while under so-called detention, insisting that there was no cry for help even in his diary.
The bail hearing is set to resume Wednesday 9 a.m. for the continuation of Luy's cross-examination.