State witness Tuason must now reveal everything – Palace

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A handout photo from the Office of the Ombudsman shows Ruby Tuason (left) accompanied by her lawyer Dennis Manalo (back) giving a check to Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales (middle) and Justice Secretary Leila de Lima. The check for P40 million represents the amount she pocketed for herself from the pork barrel scam. In exchange for the return of the money, Tuason was granted state witness status by the Ombudsman, giving her immunity from suit arising from the scam.

A handout photo from the Office of the Ombudsman shows Ruby Tuason (left) accompanied by her lawyer Dennis Manalo (back) giving a check to Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales (middle) and Justice Secretary Leila de Lima. The check for P40 million represents the amount she pocketed for herself from the pork barrel scam. In exchange for the return of the money, Tuason was granted state witness status by the Ombudsman, giving her immunity from suit arising from the scam.

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.


 

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  1. Mang Karpio on

    Ay salamat..oops! pero don’t you owe interest with the 40mil you took and invested. Teka muna, talaga naman pagdating sa arithmetic eh dagdag-bawas theory hindi applicable dito. Sino ba ang nagturo sa inyo si Mr. DeGuzman? Tipong pang 5th grader siguro accountant ni Pacman ang nagbilang. Ganuon din iyong mga senador at iba pa dahil ipinmodmud din nila sa mamayan nila iyon nga lang kasama sila duon. So, ano ang mali diyan! Exactly, depende kung sino ang nagbibilang – baka naman sa Sipsip & 5-6 Acctg. Office sa me ilalim ng Quiapo bridge. Ala basta ako pag-gising sa umaga eh napapanuod akong pawang kabalastugan ng gobyernong pinagkatiwalaan ko at natin…at ang sabi sapagkat sila’y tao lamang na marupok at madaling malinglang sa sikat ng pera. Same goes for everyone that speaks on their behalf. After all crimes does not pay if Judas not pay.

  2. True to her “socialite” image,Tuason is all smile like a very proud donor giving her cheque for P40 million to charity. Most likely she will be on the receiving end of “charity” from Malacanang.