De Lima: Trillanes' suspicions vs Tuason unfounded

By Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 17 2014 02:18 PM | Updated as of Feb 17 2014 10:29 PM

MANILA - "Far-out suspicions."

That's Justice Secretary Leila de Lima's description of the apprehensions raised by Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV on the testimony of "pork barrel" scam case respondent-turned-state-witness applicant Ruby Tuason.

While saying she understood Trillanes' frustration on Tuason's failure to categorically state that Enrile was part of the scam, de Lima said Tuason's testimony is an important part of a larger story, and that there are other evidence to pin down the lawmaker.

While Tuason claims Enrile's former chief of staff, Atty. Gigi Reyes, personally received millions from her as commissions and kickbacks for using portions of Enrile's "pork barrel" to fund bogus NGOs allegedly put up by alleged scam brains Janet Lim Napoles, Tuason, upon Trillanes' questioning, failed to directly link Enrile to the scam.

Trillanes warns of a possible "sabotage" in Tuason's testimony, and hinted that the P40 million she was offering to return to the government may come from Enrile after all.

Trillanes also pointed out that Tuason's lawyer, Dennis Manalo, was previously with the Siguion Reyna Montecillo & Ongsiako law firm, in which Enrile was a partner.

De Lima said she doubts if there was any truth to Trillanes' suspicions.