MANILA -- Another respondent in the pork barrel scam case will surface soon to testify against the others who have been implicated in the anomaly, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said on Tuesday.
Speaking to Lynda Jumilla on ANC's "Beyond Politics," De Lima revealed that a male respondent in the case has already sent feelers to the Department of Justice (DOJ) and expressed interest in turning state witness.
The latest to spill the beans on the controversy was former President Estrada's social secretary Ruby Tuason, who claimed that she personally delivered kickbacks from alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles to Senator Jinggoy Estrada and Senator Juan Ponce Enrile's chief of staff, Atty. Gigi Reyes.
"Very, very soon, somebody will be coming out also. That's being worked on. That's a work in progress. We are still talking to that person and getting his statement," De Lima said.
She, however, refused to give a name. She also did not say if the man is a lawmaker.
"Huwag na lang muna, baka ma-turn off at mag-back out kung marami na masyadong clue kung sino siya," she said.
There are 38 individuals facing plunder and malversation charges in connection with the Napoles pork barrel scam. (See complete list below this story).
'RANILLO INFO WELCOME'
Meanwhile, De Lima said the DOJ welcomes the willingness of former actor Mat Ranillo III to share with them any vital information that he knows about the scam.
Ranillo is not a respondent in the pork barrel scam case, as well as the Malampaya fund scam case.
However, he was tagged by Tuason and whistleblower Benhur Luy as an alleged former bagman of Estrada.
Tuason claimed in her affidavit that Ranillo delivered over P11 million in pork barrel kickbacks to Justa Tantoco, a friend of the Estrada family. She claimed that the money was meant for the senator.
Ranillo's camp, in an exclusive interview with ABS-CBN News, claimed that the actor had sounded the alarm on the alleged illegal activities of Napoles as early as 2007, but no one listened to him.
Ranillo also returned in 2007 whatever he earned from his transactions with Napoles, his lawyer Morel Callueng said.
'BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT'
Meanwhile, the justice secretary defended Tuason over her failure to provide exact dates of transactions and exact amounts involved when she testified before the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee last Thursday.
De Lima said she "understands the apprehensions" of some people that the testimony of Tuason lacked details.
However, she said they are giving her the benefit of the doubt "na baka talagang hindi niya maalala yung exact dates and exact amounts, especially the amounts because it was not her job to really count."
De Lima earlier described Tuason's testimony as "slam dunk" evidence.
But some senators, including Senator Antonio Trillanes, criticized Tuason for allegedly giving an inadequate testimony and not providing more details about the pork barrel scam.
38 INDIVIDUALS FACING PLUNDER, MALVERSATION RAPS OVER PORK BARREL SCAM
1. Janet Lim Napoles
2. Senator Juan Ponce Enrile
3. Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr.
4. Senator Jinggoy Estrada
5. Former Congresswoman and now Governor of Masbate Rizalina Seachon-Lanete
6. Former Congressman Edgar Valdez of the APEC Party-list
7. Former Congressman Rodolfo Plaza of the lone district of Agusan del Sur
8. Former Congressman Samuel Dangwa of the lone district of Benguet
9. Former Congressman Constantino Jaraula of the lone district of Cagayan de Oro
Chiefs of staff, representatives of lawmakers
10. Atty. Jessica "Gigi" Reyes, former chief of staff of Enrile
11. Atty. Richard Cambe, staff of Revilla
12. Ruby Tuason, aide of Enrile and Estrada
13. Pauline Labayen, former staff of Estrada
14. Jose Sumalpong, chief of staff of Lanete
15. Jeanette dela Cruz, district staff of Lanete
16. Erwin Dangwa, chief of staff of Dangwa
17. Carlos Lozada, staff of Dangwa
Heads of implementing agencies
18. Alan Javellana, former president of National Agribusiness Corp. (NABCOR)
19. Gondelina Amata, president of National Livelihood Development Corporation (NLDC)
20. Antonio Ortiz, former director general of Training and Research Center (TRC)
21. Dennis Cunanan, former deputy director general and now director general of TRC
22. Salvador Salacup, former president of ZNAC Rubber Estate Corporation (ZREC)
Presidents of Napoles NGOs
23. Jocelyn Piorato, Agricultura Para sa Magbubukid Foundation Inc. (APMFI)
24. Nemesio Pablo Jr., Agri and Economic Program for Farmers Foundation Inc. (AEPFFI)
25. Mylene Encarnacion, Countrywide Agri and Rural Economic and Development Foundation Inc. (CARED)
26. John Raymund de Asis, Kaupdanan Para sa Mangunguma Foundation Inc. (KPMFI)
27. Evelyn de Leon, Philippine Social Development Foundation Inc. (PSDFI)
28. Ronald John Lim, Ginintuang Alay sa Magsasaka Foundation Inc. (GAMFI)
Officials, employees of implementing agencies
29. Victor Cacal, NABCOR
30. Romulo Revelo, NABCOR
31. Ma. Ninez Guanizo, NABCOR
32. Julie Johnson, NABCOR
33. Rodhora Mendoza, NABCOR
34. Alexis Sevidal, NLDC
35. Sofia Cruz, NLDC
36. Chila Jalandoni, NLDC
37. Francisco Figura, TRC
38. Marivic Jover, TRC