Live Streaming of Ruby Tuason’s Testimony On Pork Barrel and Malampaya Scam To Rivet Filipino Mirons

The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee will resume its investigation into the P10 Billion Pork Barrel Funds scam this morning and it is expected that Ruby Tuason will come up with more controversial revelations — not that we haven’t heard them before.

ruby-tuason senate hearing live streamingIn a meeting with other pork barrel whistle blowers on the eve of her much awaited appearance before the Senate probe led by Senator TG Guingona, it was said that Ruby Tuason’s testimony will focus on her involvement in the pork barrel scam and her reasons for coming out among other things.

The way it looks right now, Tuason will be basically to corroborate the computer records kept by primary pork barrel whistle blower Benhur Luy.

A news report in the Philippine Daily Inquirer summarizes what could be part of Tuason’s revelations today:

Tuason also met for five hours with the whistle-blowers at the NBI and corroborated statements about the delivery of kickbacks for the use of the senators’ allocations from the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

Tuason earlier confirmed to Luy that the commission she handed to Reyes for using Enrile’s PDAF was P77 million for the period 2007-2009, while Estrada’s was P35 million, according to the lawyer of the whistle-blowers, Levito Baligod.

Luy had the same figure for the alleged Enrile commissions but his record for the money he gave Estrada was only P9 million. Baligod said this was because Estrada went directly to Napoles or used conduits.

Based on the records of the two witnesses, the first transaction by Tuason involving Enrile’s PDAF was P31.9 million coursed through the Department of Agriculture using Napoles’ bogus nongovernment organization—People’s Organization for Progress and Development Foundation—with special allotment release order No. BMB-E-04-04-068, dated Dec. 14, 2004.

Tuason’s figure for the amount given to Estrada was smaller because the senator used his former staff, Pauline Labayen, to collect his purported payoff. Estrada also had used as conduit for Napoles actor Mat Ranillo.

The widow of the late Carlos “Butch” Tuason, chair of the Philippine Sports Commission, left for the United States after news of the pork barrel scandal broke out in July last year. She returned on Friday, saying she wanted to clear her conscience and turn state witness.

Both Estrada and Enrile have denied any wrongdoing. Enrile said Tuason was only a “casual” acquaintance.

Tuason’s anticipated testimony has reportedly been “downplayed” by Vice President Jejomar Binay 

Vice President Jejomar Binay in Lucena City, Quezon province on Saturday said the reported “slam dunk evidence” provided by state witness Ruby Tuason against his allies Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Juan Ponce Enrile in the P10-billion pork barrel scam case was a “dud.”

“Can it demolish anything? Can it?” Binay said, laughing, when asked here for comment on the damning testimony of Tuason, who admitted to delivering millions of pesos in kickbacks to Estrada and Enrile from businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles, the alleged mastermind behind the P10-billion pork barrel scam.

Binay, Enrile and former President Joseph Estrada, now mayor of Manila, are the three leaders of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance.

Another Binay ally, Senator Koko Pimentel cautions against Tuason’s testimony: 

“The DOJ is right: the prosecution, the Ombudsman will have the say as to whether they still need Tuason’s help. But her testimony should be believable, not yarn that has been spun out of desperation, to save her neck and help her avoid  being jailed”

One question thing that bothers me a bit is how Vice President Binay and his allies are seemingly sowing doubt against Tuason.  Granting that it seems Binay HAS TO defend his allies, it doesn’t seem at all prudent as it might make him look like he is on the side of so called “public enemies”.


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19 Comments on "Live Streaming of Ruby Tuason’s Testimony On Pork Barrel and Malampaya Scam To Rivet Filipino Mirons"

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This seemingly important issue about pork will just be another zarsuela or moro-moro. Come next election the idiot voters will forget about this and we will still again end up with an idiotic government unless Filipinos wake up and demand for a government which fears the people. Filipinos should realize that we own the government and not the other way around.

Sea Bee

Filipinos do not have any significant infrastructure because 30% of tax money is stolen. The rest is pissed away on small time patronage projects. The more of a thief someone is, the more they seem to be admired. As inept as Aquino is; voting for Binay is like going backwards. They should change the name of their party to the United Kleptocratic Alliance.


Binay is a dead duck come 2016, and that is a good thing.
He has shown his true colours – and all of them are black, with a yellow streak and a love of the greenback

Thomas Jefferson

The truth shall set you free… From the daily tribune… the pork barrel frame up in the senate:

Hyden Toro
I’m tired of these Senate Investigations. I have yet to see anyone hanged; Electric Chair executed; or thrown to Jail. They are all Crooks. Aquino is the biggest Crook. He bribed Senators to vote for the impeachment of Chief Justice Corona of the Supreme Court. It was an assault on the Judiciary System. Aquino now control the Judiciary system. He has a hand on who or who will not be investigated. Binay is another “tsu-tsuwa” idiot, who aligned himself with Aquino; because of his Presidential ambition…The oxymoron Aquino is trying to DIVERT the attention of people again; with the aid… Read more »
Thomas Jefferson

You are right Hyden. The dictator BS Aquino is also seen as the king or godfather of the PDAF and the DAP. Ms. Tuason is not the least guilty. BS Aquino is shielded by his propaganda machinery and the manipulated surveys. His aura of impunity is revealed and yet nothing is done to prosecute the MadNoy of the palace by the stinking river.

Thomas Jefferson

Again from the daily tribune… Ms. Tuason fails to offer solid proof:

It just doesn’t add up Senators came to praise ruby tuason in the hope of burying enrile. Even santiago, not surprisingly, lent tuason a helping legal hand! ‘Courageous’, ‘hero’, ‘Convincing’, ‘classy’ were words used by the senators. To me someone who steals from the poor over a prolonged period, flees the country at the first opportunity once implicated, and only returns to desperately save her own neck is none of those things, especially when with a straight ( botoxed) face she says she was moved by the yolanda victims and needs to help them. Add lying devious hypocrite to her… Read more »
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