Ruby Tuason is expected to testify soon before the Sandiganbayan’s Fifth Division in a hearing on a petition for bail of Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada.
According to Estrada, he is looking forward to Tuason’s testimony.
“Go, excited na ako [I’m excited],” he said in an interview after Monday’s hearing on the same petition.
The senator is detained at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center in Camp Crame in Quezon City over a P183-million plunder case in connection with the pork barrel scam.
Tuason was supposed to be the next to testify on Monday “but we cannot present her now so we move for a continuation. We will present her in the next scheduled hearing,” acting Deputy Special Prosecutor Manuel Soriano Jr. told the anti-graft court.
On Monday, Marina Sula, president of the non-government organization (NGO) Masaganang Ani Para sa Magsasaka Foundation Inc. (MAMFI) and former employee of Janet Lim-Napoles, closed her testimony.
Napoles is the alleged architect of the P10-billion racket.
The prosecution next called to the witness stand Marissa Santos, the chief administrative officer of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM)’s Central Records Division.
The prosecution and defense made stipulations regarding Santos’ testimony on a Special Allotment Release Order (Saro), after which the court asked the prosecution who their next witness is and the latter answered that it was Tuason.
The last witness will be from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).
Earlier, Tuason alleged that she personally delivered supposed kickbacks to Estrada. The Office of the Ombudsman granted her immunity from criminal prosecution in the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel-related cases in exchange for her testimony.