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Benhur Luy and Janet Napoles: Curious cases worth a deeper read
Luy Testifies before the Senate. Photo: http://sa.kapamilya.com/absnews/abscbnnews/media/2017/news/01/11/janet-3.jpg
Over the last month, media has been filled with intriguing stories. We are sharing here two characters that qualify as curious cases, named as such because their backstories and the circumstances surrounding the media circus that engulfed them are more interesting than the intrigues that precede and follow them:
We all know who Ben Hur Luy is, the witness who positively identified his cousin Janet Lim Napoles and almost singlehandedly caused her imprisonment on the charge of serious illegal detention in 2014, one of many cases filed against the lady from Basilan known as the Pork Barrel Queen. In the media, he is often portrayed as an innocent whistleblower who was “kidnapped” by Napoles.
The media deluge back in 2013 and 2014 was a gauntlet of opinion leading all to believe her guilt on being the biggest facilitator of pork barrel kickbacks this country has ever seen. Having filed several other cases against her, the conviction was the only one among many cases the government won.
Yesterday, her acquittal for serious illegal detention was, as expected, reviled by many of the President’s detractors as a cop-out and compromise in favor of Napoles and the corruption she supposedly promoted.
A deeper inquiry, however, raises questions beyond the surface-level discussions and intrigues we always seem to get from the mainstream media of today:
a. Does Napoles have other names to divulge?
b. Why were only Senators Revilla, Enrile and Estrada sanctioned for the PDAF scandal?
c. Was the illegal detention charge a way to simply prevent her from saying more?
d. Who among current political figures would she have exposed?
These and other questions will slowly unravel as the lady will probably tell all as a response to her jailing by the previous government.
Remember, the previous President personally escorted her to Camp Crame for her formal arrest. What did Janet Lim Napoles say to him en route to Malacanang? His look upon leaving Camp Crame on that fortuitous Sunday was telling.
It seems that without presidential immunity, former Presidents may now be compelled to spill the beans.