• Palace seeks review of Ruby’s status as witness

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    First, it was Dennis Cunanan’s credibility as a witness that was put to question by the Department of Justice (DOJ).

    Now, Malacañang also doubts if Ruby Tuason deserves to be in the government’s witness protection program (WPP), following reports that the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) is investigating dozens of bank accounts in her name.

    The Palace on Wednesday asked the DOJ to review Tuason’s application for witness protection following reports that she has at least 80 bank accounts.

    Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the government will continue to review the personalities placed under the protection program.

    Coloma said the Justice department is closely coordinating with the Ombudsman on Tuason’s application.

    “It is the task of the DOJ to continue to check if Tuason deserves to be included in the WPP in the face of concrete evidence,” he said.

    Tuason, a former social secretary of former President and incumbent Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, was among those charged at the Office of the Ombudsman for the alleged misuse of government funds. She was provisionally accepted as a government witness after she expressed willingness to return the millions of pesos she got a pork barrel commissions.

    Tuason had claimed that she delivered cash to Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada and Gigi Reyes, the former chief of staff of Senator Juan Ponce Enrile, whose pork barrel or Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) were poured into questionable non-government organizations owned or controlled by Janet Lim-Napoles.

    In a speech on Wednesday, Estrada attacked the competence of Tuason and Cunanan, the former director general of the Technology Resource Center, to testify in the government’s behalf.

    The senator said Tuason owns a mansion in the United States and other parts of the country.

    Estrada, who is facing a plunder complaint at the Office of the Ombudsman together with Senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Ramon “Bong” Revilla, said Cunanan did not study political science in the University of the Philippines as he had claimed. He also alleged that Cunanan got kickbacks for brokering PDAF projects, citing as proof Cunanan’s mansion in White Plains, Quezon City.

    “The career of Mr. Cunanan, from college to the days in public office . . . reaching up to his Blue Ribbon testimony has been founded and grounded in falsehood and misrepresentation,” he said.

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    4 Comments

    1. papayag ka ba na gamitin ang opisina mo sa racket kung wala kang mapapala? di na tayo mga bata!!!

    2. How many times have i written replys to this newspaper stating that it seems everyone in power here is incompetent. Once again incompetence rears its ugly head. What should be basic police proceedure here seems to difficult for anyone to understand. If this pork barrel scam had happened just like this in the uk then ruby tuason would have been questioned in depth by a senior detective. Where money is concerned ( as in this case ) its obvious even to a 6 year old child that you question her about her finances. How many bank accounts she has, which banks are they in & how much is in them. They would ask for all their bank details & then contact each bank & go through with a fine tooth comb to establish her wealth & where it came from & how its been moved around. But what is standard proceedure in my country seems like rocket science here & the philippines doesnt have any rockets. No wonder these people with even only average intelligence can fool all of you. Where are you investigative journalists, shouldnt you be finding these things out. Do any of yopu call for the axeing of the bank secrecy law as thats only there to hide ill gotten money. I look at the stupidity of your systems here & i can only imagine how other first world countries myust be laughing at how backward this country is. I a man of limited intelligence am astounded at just how stupid everyone seems to be here. Can you see it or is there something wrong with me. I hate to see these thieves laughing at society & getting away with everything.

    3. Ang mga filipinong politico sobrang kapal ng mukha at sobrang mga walang hiya. Huling-huli na na cawatan nang pera ng taong bayan ayaw pang mag bitiw sa
      puesto. Kapit tuko pa.