Palace no comment on whistleblower’s decision to drop lawyer

March 5, 2014 10:53 am 

By Azer N. Parrocha

MANILA, March 4 (PNA) — Following whistleblower Benhur Luy’s decision to drop lawyer Atty. Levito Baligod, Malacanang on Tuesday said that they cannot as yet comment on the issue.

Luy is among the first whistleblowers on the P10-billion pork barrel scam of which businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles was reported to have funnelled billions of pesos from bogus non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that benefited some lawmakers and government officials.

Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in a Palace briefing that he will keep mum as he has not yet discussed the issue with Justice Secretary Leila De Lima.

"Wala po kaming specific knowledge o background hinggil diyan,” Coloma said. “’Di pa namin nakakausap si Secretary De Lima.”

Coloma said that it was important to consider the client-lawyer relationship that Luy and Baligod had.

He added that Malacanang did not really have a say on Luy’s decision.

“‘Di naman tayo yung client kaya wala tayong say kung anong gustong gawin ng client doon sa lawyer," he said. “Sa ngayon yun lamang ang handa naming sabihin hinggil sa bagay na ‘yan.”

De Lima said in reports that the reason for Luy’s decision to terminate Baligod’s services as a lawyer was because Baligod had no more time for him.

Reports also showed that Luy has already sought three to four lawyers to represent him, but their names have yet to be identified. (PNA) CTB/ANP (with reports from Ma. Nica Estorias–OJT)

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