• Tuason denies hand in Malampaya scam

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    Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada on Monday accused Ruby Tuason of lying for claiming that she was not involved in the Malampaya fund scam.

    On cross examination at the Sandiganbayan which is hearing Estrada’s bail petition, Janet Lim-Napoles’ lawyer Dennis Buena-ventura asked Tuason what her answer was when asked about her alleged involvement in the Malampaya fund scam.

    Tuason was not able to answer immediately, eliciting laughter from the defense.

    State Prosecutor Hazel Decena-Valdez argued that the witness was “being asked to make a reading exercise” of what was already written on her affidavit.

    Buenaventura asked Tuason if she received any amount from Napoles in connection with the Malampaya fund scam but Valdez objected.

    The court sustained the objection, noting that it is not the subject of the case at hand.

    Tuason maintained that she had no part in the Malampaya scam.

    “I am not the one involved in the Malampaya,” she told the court.

    In an interview after the hearing, Estrada said Tuason “is a coached witness.”

    “She is lying through her teeth. She is the mastermind of the Malampaya fund scam,” he insisted.

    Estrada is detained in the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center in Camp Crame over a P183-million plunder case in connection with the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel scam.

    He and Napoles have pending bail petitions.

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