Tuason back in the country
Provisional state witness Ruby Tuason has returned to the Philippines.
Tuason, a former aide of former President Joseph Estrada who has agreed to cooperate with the Department of Justice (DOJ) in the ongoing pork barrel probe involving lawmakers, has been in the country since Tuesday, April 8, according to a DzMM report.
Tuason left for the United States for over a month after she testified at the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee with regards to her knowledge on the pork barrel scam.
Tuason reportedly had a closed door meeting with Justice Secretary Leila De Lima on Thursday. However, she and her legal counsel Atty. Dennis Manalo declined to tell media the reason for the meeting. No word either if Tuason managed to sell her properties abroad so she could return P40 million to the government after admitting that she also received kickbacks from the Malampaya funds.
While she was away, Tuason was also included in the list of individuals that the Office of the Ombudsman recommended to be charged with plunder and graft charges in connection with the pork barrel scam.
Manalo has already filed a motion with the Ombudsman to relieve his client of the plunder charge and decide on her current provisional state witness status which can grant her immunity from the case.
Manalo reiterated that Tuason is not the most guilty and has not been convicted of any crime involving moral turpitude making her qualified for immunity.
Earlier, Tuason pinned down Senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Jinggoy Estrada and Enrile’s former chief of staff Jessica “Gigi” Reyes in the P10 billion pork barrel scam. (Mary Rose A. Hogaza)