Estrada: Tuason’s affidavit not enough to pin me down

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

SENATOR Jinggoy Estrada said Tuesday that the affidavit of Ruby Tuason, a longtime family friend of the Estradas who has agreed to be state witness in relation to the pork barrel scam, is "not enough to pin (him) down" over charges of plunder.

"That is not enough to pin me down...I expect them to file a supplemental affidavit. Walang laman eh," Estrada told reporters.

Estrada, along with Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile and Senator Ramon Revilla Jr., have all been accused of plunder before the Office of the Ombudsman for allegedly benefiting from the controversial pork barrel scam.

Estrada said he sees a "well-orchestrated" plan from the authorities since before Tuason left the United States to return to the country and turn state witness.

"If you read the affidavit, may nakalagay na number ng SAROs (Special Allotment Release Orders). She's in the United states, how can she remember the SARO numbers kung hindi fi-need sa kanya? Yung undersecretary ng DOJ (Department of Justice), 'ito yung mga SARO numbers, pirmahan mo na lang'. Tinally dun sa SARO numbers ni Benhur Luy," Estrada said referring to another whistleblower.

Luy had earlier provided the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) the SARO numbers used in the transactions of her former boss, businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles, to prove that the money used by Napoles came from the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of lawmakers.

On Monday, Tuason met with Luy for three hours at the NBI Special Task Force office.

"They met, of course, to tally the figures dahil hindi alam magkano binigay sa akin so i-ja-jack-up nila yun to reach the threshold of plunder," Estrada said.

The senator said it was already suspicious that Luy initially said Estrada received P9 million from Napoles while Tuason now claims she delivered P35 million.

"Talagang pinapaabot nila sa P50 million ang threshold eh," Estrada said.

Estrada also challenged Tuason to bare all in the Thursday hearing of the Senate Blue Ribbon committee.

"Go ahead. I'm unfazed. Of course, she's going to fabricate stories already for the public to believe. This is all trial by publicity, he said.

Tuason, along with Luy, and two other whistleblowers had confirmed to attend the Senate hearing, chairperson Senator TG Guingona said. (Sunnex)

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