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Ruby Tuason asks Ombudsman to review plunder charge

Posted On 2014 Apr 08
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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)

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – Ruby Tuason on Monday asked the Office of the Ombudsman to remove her name from the list of those charged with plunder in connection with the P10-B pork barrel scam and grant her immunity as a state witness.

“She is the only witness who was able to provide direct testimony, personal knowledge on the delivery of the kickbacks to the lawmakers,” Tuason’s legal counsel Dennis Manalo said.

“Without her testimony, there will become a lacuna of evidence in so far as the elements of crime of plunder and graft and corruption are concerned,” he explained.

Aside from the motion for reconsideration, the Tuason camp also filed a motion to resolve application for immunity, which will formally recognize Tuason as a state witness.

Currently, Tuason, who is out of the country, is only a provisional state witness.

Manalo refused to disclose Tuason’s whereabouts, but vowed that his client will be back in the country soon.

During her testimony at the Senate blue ribbon committee hearing, Tuason detailed how she delivered ‘heavy’ bagfuls of money to Senator Jinggoy Estrada’s office. The said bags contained the senator’s kickbacks from the pork barrel funds.

Likewise, Tuason noted that Estrada and Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile received bigger kickbacks than what whistleblower Benhur Luy has recorded.

Aside from Tuason, the camp of Senators Estrada and Ramon “Bong” Revilla are expected to file their separate motions for reconsideration.

The Ombudsman has found probable cause to indict Tuason alongside Senator Estrada, Revilla and Enrile in connection with the P10-billion pork barrel scam allegedly run by trader Janet Lim-Napoles. (MNS)

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