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Erap: Tuason, Mat Ranillo not fit to become state witnesses

Posted On 2014 Feb 26
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State witness Ruby Tuason takes her oath Thursday (Feb. 13, 2014) before the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on the pork barrel anomaly as Justice Secretary Leila de Lima (right) and whistle-blower Benhur Luy (left) look on. (MNS photo)

State witness Ruby Tuason takes her oath Thursday (Feb. 13, 2014) before the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on the pork barrel anomaly as Justice Secretary Leila de Lima (right) and whistle-blower Benhur Luy (left) look on. (MNS photo)

Erap: Tuason, Mat Ranillo not fit to become state witnessesMANILA (Mabuhay) – As far as former President and now Manila mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada is concerned, Ruby Tuason and actor Mat Ranillo III are not fit to become state witnesses in the P10-billion pork barrel scam.

Sa pagkakilala ko [sa kanila] very doubtful lalo na ‘yung si Ms. Ruby Tuason,” said Estrada on Monday in a chance interview after the weekly Kapihan sa Diamond Hotel.

Estrada, whose son Sen. Jinggoy Estrada is among those facing plunder in connection with the scam, refused to elaborate.

No comment na muna. Baka sabihin na [dahil] anak ko [ay sangkot sa isyu], mamis-interpret ako,” he said.

Tuason used to be the elder Estrada’s social secretary and also the former chief of staff of his wife, former Sen. Loi Ejercito-Estrada.

In her testimony at the Senate blue ribbon committee hearing on the pork barrel scam, Tuason revealed how she allegedly deliver bagfuls of kickbacks to Jinggoy and to Gigi Reyes, former chief-of-staff of Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile.

Estrada has described Tuason’s statement in the Senate hearing as “rehearsed.”

Tuason is a potential state witness to the controversial pork barrel scam, in which lawmakers’ discretionary funds were allegedly misused for kickbacks. She is also named respondent in the case.

Meanwhile, actor Mat Ranillo III has been linked to the controversy for supposedly signing kickback vouchers allegedly received by Jinggoy and Loi.

Ranillo is among the personalities summoned by the Senate blue ribbon committee to its next hearing on the scam.

Others to be summoned are Loi Estrada and her former aide, Justa Tantoco; Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) chairperson Zenaida Ducut; and Jess Santos, former lawyer of former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo.

Last Saturday, Ranillo’s sister revealed that the actor is willing to return to the country and testify in the investigation as long as he would be provided ample security by the authorities. (MNS)

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