Malacañang on Friday confirmed that whistleblower Ruby Tuason, who has been granted state witness status by the Office of the Ombudsman, will reveal everything she knows about the pork barrel scam and the people involved in it.
“We note the grant of immunity by the Ombudsman to Ms. Tuason, which is allowed pursuant to the Ombudsman law. We hope that with such immunity, Ms. Tuason can reveal the whole truth, thus, aiding in the people’s quest for justice,” presidential spokesman Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. told The Manila Times in a text message.
The Office of the Ombudsman announced hours earlier that Tuason has also returned P40 million, representing the amount of kickbacks she said she received from transactions involving the priority development assistance fund (PDAF), to the government.
In an agreement reached with the Ombudsman, Tuason was granted immunity from criminal prosecution in the PDAF cases in return for her testimony on the illegal transactions and her willingness to produce documents in her possession bearing details of such dealings.