Sen. Teofisto Gunigona III (center) receives the laptop containing the computer files of whistleblower Benhur Luy from NBI cybercrime division chief Ronald Aguto last Wednesday. Some files in Luy’s hard drive were discovered to have been deleted following a forensic examination.  (Photo by Junny Roy)

MANILA — The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) last Wednesday turned over to the Senate blue ribbon committee the digital files of whistleblower Benhur Luy.

At a televised interview with the media, Sen. Teofisto Guingona III said the submission of Luy’s files obtained from his hard drive will not compromise the investigation of the P10-billion pork barrel scam allegedly masterminded by Janet Lim-Napoles.

“If there is any deviation between what is officially submitted and what is inside the Inquirer, then this one stands because this is the [one] officially submitted to us,” Guingona said, referring to the supposed files of Luy mentioned in a series of reports in another newspaper.

The hard drive of Luy, a former employee of Napoles, contains the files related to the transactions of the businesswoman and of government officials involved in the funneling of lawmakers’ pork barrel funds to bogus foundations.

NBI director Virgilio Mendez said the authenticity of the files were preserved.

He explained that the hard copy of the files obtained from Luy’s hard drive was the one submitted to the Office of the Ombudsman, which indicted last month several personalities linked to the scam, including Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon Revilla Jr.

Mendez said the hard copy has about 31,700 pages.

Like the official affidavits submitted by Napoles, Guingona said they will be releasing copies of the files to the public.

“In the spirit of openness and transparency so that the interest of the public may be served, we are going to divulge the contents of this (hard drive),” Guingona said.

The senator said the files will now have to be examined and analyzed.

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