MANILA, Philippines - Ruby Tuason has at least 80 bank accounts in various local and international banks, documents revealed.
The Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) is now inquiring into the bank accounts.
Documents obtained by The STAR show that Tuason, who had testified against Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Juan Ponce Enrile in the pork barrel scam, had an account with the Bank of Commerce, seven accounts at the BDO Private Bank Inc, 20 other accounts with Hong Kong Shanghai Banking Corp.; 17 with the Metropolitan Bank; four accounts with the Philippine Bank of Communications, and at least 37 accounts with Union Bank of the Philippines.
The AMLC has also reportedly started inquiry into the accounts of pork scam operators, as well as personalities whose names were mentioned in the pork barrel scam.
AMLC agents are also reportedly monitoring the sources of the P30-million from JLN Corp.’s account in a local bank.
In June 2010, or barely a month after the May presidential elections, the accounts were transferred.
Sources revealed that the AMLC has confirmed Benhur Luy’s allegation in his affidavit that Tuason received P20 million on Sept. 18, 2008.
The AMLC made the findings in the wake of a query into Tuason’s 80 accounts, many of which she holds jointly with a certain Henry C. Laygo, who is believed to be her son from her first marriage.
The HSBC accounts were held jointly with Laygo, whose name also cropped up in the AMLC list of Tuason’s accounts.
In some of her Metropolitan bank accounts, Tuason also held the accounts jointly with a certain Jocelyn Quiambao, and Tuason’s late brother, Ralph Chan.
In her affidavit submitted to the Department of Justice (DOJ), Tuason said Ralph was the one who dealt with persons supposedly close to officials during the Arroyo administration in relation to the disbursement of the multi-billion Malampaya funds.
Based on Tuason’s affidavit, the money trail on Malampaya funds ended with her brother.
The AMLC is also investigating Tuason accounts in Philippine Bank of Communications, Philam Strategic Growth Fund Inc, Philippine American Life and General Insurance Co., Security Bank Corp., and Union Bank of the Philippines.
“It is a big question why Mrs. Tuason would even say that she has to sell her Malampaya mansion to be able to give back about P40 million to the government as part of her plea to become state witness,” another source asked.
The source was referring to Tuason’s mansion in Dasmariñas Village, Makati. – With Mike Frialde