Ruby Tuason betrayed us: JV Ejercito

by Ron Gagalac, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 10 2014 06:46 PM | Updated as of Feb 11 2014 02:46 AM

MANILA – Senator JV Ejercito is now awaiting what his father's former social secretary, Ruby Tuason, will have to say about the pork barrel scam.

Ejercito said the minority is affected by the turn of events especially since the accused belong to their group.

The minority hopes the accusations will not be selective to non-administration solons, he said.

"Ang sa akin lang, buksan natin lahat. Hindi selective. Kung meron sa administrasyon, buksan din. Kaibigan man ng pangulo yan, dapat malaman din natin," Ejercito said.

Tuason earlier said she received "commissions" from businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles from projects funded by the pork barrel funds of Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Juan Ponce Enrile.

Estrada has denied the accusations, saying that Tuason had an axe to grind. He said Tuason earlier asked for money, which he refused.

Ejercito, half-brother of Senator Jinggoy, said the family felt betrayed when Tuason seemingly turned her back on the Estradas.

"It's a natural reaction. Kapag dati mong kasamahan, malapit na kaibigan, bumaligtad or turned against you, you feel betrayed," he said.

He said he has met Tuason several times, but they are not close friends. "After siya nag serve sa father ko, alam ko meron siyang shop sa casino. Nakikita ko siya sa mga social functions, may negosyo rin siya ng jewelry."

He said he wants to know if Tuason's affidavit was written without any pressure from any forces.

While he feels for his half-brother, Ejercito said family relations may not have a place in the search for truth.

Other senators also urged Tuason to tell all when she faces the Blue Ribbon committee on Thursday.

Senator Francis Escudero said he expects Tuason to say everything she has stated in her affidavit.

"Sana pag-testify nya, ilahad nya ano ang nakapaloob sa kanyang affidavit at sana mabigyan kami ng kopya ng affidavit," he said.

“Kung gaano kabigat (testimony), I reserve my judgment until I have read the affidavit," he added.