MANILA, Philippines – A whistleblower in the alleged massive corruption in the Armed Forces has been accepted to the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) witness protection program.
Retired Lt. Col. George Rabusa is now also enjoying temporary immunity from cases that may spring from his testimonies.
While former Armed Forces chief Angelo Reyes was being laid to rest at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on Sunday, Rabusa was hearing mass elsewhere.
Rabusa, a friend and former staff of Reyes, had accused the former defense chief of involvement in massive corruption within the military.
At the church, people approached Rabusa to shake his hand and thanked him for his courage.
He said it was a personal decision not to attend his former boss' funeral.
“Gusto ko man talagang makiramay, nagpasya na lang akong huwag na muna,” he said. “Lagi ko silang pinagdarasal, na makamit na naming lahat ang katahimikan.”
Rabusa also confirmed that he and Col. Antinio Lim, who also testified at the Senate, have been accepted into the witness protection program.
The DOJ is now providing them security.
Rabusa will also receive immunity from any charges for at least 3 months.
“Iyan kasi yung hiningi kong kondisyon bago ako maglantad. Kailangan ko ‘to, maraming galit sa akin.”
Rabusa will continue to appear before any inquiry despite the death of Reyes.
He, however, said the investigations could do with a little more respect.
Rabusa believes that the berating of Reyes by Senator Antonio Trillanes greatly affected the late general.
“Sa tingin ko, yung ginawa ni Trillanes nagpalala sa kondisyon ni Reyes, eh. Grabe yung mga ginawa niyang salita. A lowerclassman should never do that to an upperclassman.” – Report from Chiara Zambrano, ABS-CBN News; ANC