Ruby Tuason to bring closure to pork scam: PNoy


Posted at Feb 07 2014 01:32 PM | Updated as of Feb 07 2014 10:58 PM

MANILA - President Aquino believes Ruby Tuason's testimony will bolster the evidence against the alleged perpetrators of the pork barrel scam and will bring closure to the issue.

In an interview, Aquino said he believes Tuason's testimony will provide the missing pieces linking some personalities to the misuse of lawmakers' priority development assistance funds.

"'Yung sinabing magtetestify siya, merong isa na magkumpleto ng proseso, magtatahi, mag-reaffirm ng mga allegations ng ating whistle-blowers. So mas mapapatibay ang ebidensya," the President said.

"Sabi ko nga sa sambayanan, kung saan tayo dadalhin ng ebidensya, doon tayo tutungo. So makakatulong 'to sa pagsasara sa kabanata nito na nangyari(ng) pang-aapi sa sambayanan."

A former social secretary of ex-President Joseph Estrada, Tuason returned to the country on Friday after being slapped with plunder charges for the pork barrel scam and the Malampaya fund scam.

She is accused of acting as a conduit of pork scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles to Senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Jinggoy Estrada.

Lawyer Dennis Manalo said Tuason is willing to reveal all about the scandal and even return the money she got in exchange for immunity. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said Tuason is under the witness protection program of the DOJ but under provisional coverage.

Levito Baligod, lawyer of the pork scam whistle-blowers, said Tuason allegedly confirmed that she received kickbacks for Senator Estrada and Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile.