Napoles: Tuason behind Malampaya fund scam

by Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 13 2014 10:04 PM | Updated as of May 14 2014 06:58 AM

One of the pages of Janet Napoles' draft affidavit submitted by former Senator Ping Lacson to the Senate on Tuesday. Photo by Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Janet Lim Napoles effectively pointed to Ruby Tuason as the alleged mastermind behind the Malampaya fund scam.

In her unsigned affidavit turned over to the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee by former Senator Panfilo Lacson, Napoles said that it was Tuason who approached her about being able to get money from Malacanang that can be used for the 2010 presidential elections.

The money turned out to be Malampaya funds.

Napoles said Tuason asked for a 60 percent commission of the money that would be used for the elections and coursed through the Department of Agrarian Reform.

It was Tuason, she said, who provided the list of 97 mayors who would supposedly benefit from the project.

“Ruby Tuason was asking for a 60% commission, which she will share with other parties. She said that such money will be used for election. The money will be coursed through the DAR," Napoles said in the unsigned affidavit.

“I agreed to such proposal of commission. In that computation, I will get the 5% commission from the Nine Hundred Million Pesos (PhP 900,000,000.00) excluding the 35% production cost,” she added.

She said she initially refused Tuason’s idea that the deliveries be made in cash to the mayors “because they wanted funds for their election campaign.”

“When I was about to deliver the products, I requested Ruby for the beneficiaries to whom the deliveries should be given. I also requested her who can help us get the signatures of the Mayors. Ruby Tuazon [sic] told me that the deliveries should be made in cash instead to the Mayors because they wanted funds for their election campaign.

“I refused the idea but I was prompted later on to give in because I have to get the investment that I already advanced to them. During the entire transaction, whenever I requested Ruby to follow up about the documentation of the project, I often hear her talking to [a] certain Medy Poblador for the purpose of the follow-up,” she said.

Napoles said after the release of the Malampaya funds, Tuason was able to purchase a P300-million house in Dasmarinas Village.

One of the pages of Janet Napoles' draft affidavit submitted by former Senator Ping Lacson to the Senate on Tuesday. Photo by Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News


The unsigned affidavit came along with the list of officials who Napoles allegedly dealt with over their pork barrel allocations.

There, she stated that she believes that what she was engaged in a “legitimate and righteous business.”

She added that she was only a “simple person who wanted to earn for her family.”

“Had I known that giving commission was illegal, I would have not done such a thing,” she said.

 She added that she was not a “bad person” and that there are people who can support her claim.

She said that she formed the foundations to help the less fortunate and do charity work.

She said that because she was dealing with high government officials, what she was doing was in accordance to “acceptable standards” as long as she was delivering the goods to the people.

Her affidavit details how the pork transactions were carried out but mainly deal with the filed cases that concern the three indicted over the scam and other respondents.

But Napoles expressed her readiness to supply details on other lawmakers not yet charged when needed.

The draft affidavit was dated March 12, 2014, unsigned, and not notarized.

Napoles explained that she did not have immediate access to a notary public while in detention in Fort Sto Domingo.