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Napoles asks Sandiganbayan to open Luy bank accounts

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Alleged pork barrel scam mastermind asked the Sandiganbayan to order the United Coconut Planters Bank (UCPB) to open all bank accounts of scam whistleblower Benhur Luy.

In a motion filed before the anti-graft court, the camp of Napoles also asked to open the bank accounts of other whistleblowers Gertrudes Luy, Merlina Suñas and Marina Sula.

Napoles accused Luy and other whistleblowers as the ones who profited from the pork barrel scam.

“With the denial of Benhur Luy’s motion for reconsideration, it is humbly submitted that UCPB has no reason to defer compliance of the honorable court’s subpoena for the bank accounts, bank history, records and transactions,” Napoles’ lawyers said.

In her motion, Napoles, who is facing plunder and graft raps, sought subpoenas on several other accounts of Gertrudes, Suñas and Sula with the Bank of the Philippine Islands, Metrobank, Banco de Oro-Unibank, Landbank of the Philippines, and the Philippine Savings Bank.

Napoles argued that there is no more valid ground for UCPB to withhold the bank records because Gertrudes, Suñas and Sula did not even assail the ruling of the court that affirmed the subpoenas issued on the bank to produce the documents.

She noted that only Luy, the prosecution’s main witnesses against her, filed a motion for reconsideration that has been denied for lack of merit.

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