Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Whistleblower Benhur Luy and His Lawyer Parted Ways
Pork Barrel/PDAF Scam whistleblower Benhur Luy and his lawyer Levito Baligod have parted ways with the latter's alleged lack of time in the case. Baligod's departure from the case, however came allegedly after a brewing conflict between him and Justice Sec. De Lima over the acceptance of new witnesses in the multi-billion peso racket of Janet Lim Napoles, involving the Priority Development Assistance Fund of legislators. De Lima had earlier on assailed Baligod for bringing 2 new witnesses to the Office of the Ombudsman without informing her. But in one page letter, Luy denied the rift between De Lima and Baligod was the reason why he decided to drop the latter as his counsel. Luy said he decided to sever his ties with Baligod due to the latter's lack of time for him because of his numerous advocacies short of stating what the advocacies were. De Lima though admitted that when she first heard of the information that Luy was about to drop Baligod, she thought the 2 could still patch up things until Luy sent his letter. As to other possible reasons on Luy's move, De Lima said she would ot venture a guess. De Lima said she was able to talk to Baligod on Monday evening adding he told her can't do anything if Luy no longer wants to avail himself of his services.
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