Prospective witnesses in ‘pork’ scam asked to testify

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Sunday, February 9, 2014

MALACANANG urged other prospective witnesses to come forward and tell all that they know about the multi-billion peso pork barrel scam.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the Department of Justice (DOJ) will evaluate all the information to be submitted by prospective witnesses.

"Kung meron pang ibang gustong maghain ng karagdagang impormasyon na makatutulong sa proseso ng pagtatahi o pagkumpirma sa mga nauna nang salaysay ng mga whistleblower, tatanggapin at susuriin ng DOJ ang kanilang iaalok na impormasyon," he said on dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.

He issued the statement after Ruby Tuason, among those charged with plunder in relation to alleged misuse of Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) and Malampaya gas fund, offered to testify against those involved in corruption.

Coloma said President Benigno Aquino III is confident that Tuason, a potential state witness, could help bring closure to the PDAF scam.

"Pangako natin sa sambayanan, kung saan tayo dadalhin ng ebidensya, doon tayo tutungo. Makakatulong ito sa pagsasara sa kabanatang ito na nangyaring pang-aapi sa ating sambayanan," he recalled Aquino as saying last Friday.

Tuason returned to the Philippines from the United States last Friday and implicated her friends, Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Juan Ponce Enrile, who are also facing plunder charges before the Office of the Ombudsman. (SDR/Sunnex)

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