Aquino welcomes Tuason's possible testimony on ‘pork’ scam

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Friday, February 7, 2014

MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III on Friday said that Ruby Tuason's return to the country and offering herself to testify against those alleged involved in the pork barrel scam could be a big boost on the case now pending before the Office of the Ombudsman.

The Chief Executive said that if Tuason's testimony could benefit the state, she would probably be considered as a state witness, thereby removing her from the list of those charged with plunder.

"Iyong nangyari diyan sa PDAF (Priority Development Assistance Fund) parang may mga conspiracy from the whistleblowers tapos iyong sa napag-alaman natin, pati iyong pagtingin ng COA (Commission on Audit)," he said.

"Ngayon noong sinabing magte-testify siya, meron isa na pwedeng magkumpleto nung proseso, magtatahi, magre-reaffirm nung mga allegations ng ating mga whistleblowers. So mas mapapatibay 'yung ebidensiya at sabi ko nga sa — at pangako natin sa sambayanan, kung saan tayo dadalhin ng ebidensiya, doon tayo tutungo," the President said.

He expressed belief that Tuason's testimony could help in "closing the chapter" on alleged misuse of public funds.

Tuason arrived from the United States early Friday and she immediately proceeded to the Department of Justice and later to the Office of the Ombudsman where she affirmed her sworn statements on her knowledge about the pork barrel scam.

Tuason, a former aide of deposed President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, allegedly acted as Senator Jinggoy Estrada's representative in transacting with businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles, alleged brains in the P10-billion PDAF mess. (SDR/Sunnex)

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