Tuason as state witness a tactical decision: De Lima

by Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 17 2014 02:12 PM | Updated as of Feb 17 2014 10:13 PM

MANILA - Justice Secretary Leila de Lima defended the admission of "pork barrel" scam respondent-turned-state-witness-applicant Ruby Tuason into the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Witness Protection Program (WPP) on provisional coverage.

The justice chief stressed that the DOJ's move was a "tactical decision."

De Lima said that Tuason's testimony has a value added to the evidence of the DOJ and NBI against those charged for the multi-billion peso scam; and it completes the entire picture since Tuason has "direct personal knowledge" about the delivery and receipt of the supposed kickbacks.

Every time the DOJ admits anybody to turn state witness, it is always in furtherance of successful prosecution, she pointed out.