To Counter tuason’s slam dunk evidence
Lawmakers on Saturday said the testimony of Ruby Tuason in the P10-billion pork scam will just open a new chapter in the scandal and her coverage under the witness protection program would not and should not free her from any criminal liability.
The former social secretary of former president and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada implicated two senators in the scandal, prompting the Senate blue ribbon to invite her on Thursday at a hearing to shed more light on the issue.
Tuason, who was accused of plunder along with other senators and personalities for the pork barrel scam, will face questioning from senators including Miriam Defensor Santiago.
But Rep. Elpidio Barzaga Jr.of Cavite expressed dismay over the government’s move to “prematurely disclose evidence” against the accused in the pork scam.
Barzaga warned of “three-point plays” to counter the government’s slam dunk evidence, a reference to the potentially damning proof of Tuason, who sought the WPP to avoid prosecution.
“While the government is prematurely disclosing its evidence, we really do not know what is there in the sleeves of the respondents. There is even the possibility that there might be three point plays to counter the slam dunk evidence of the government. We shall all watch out and be vigilant in order that justice would be served,” Barzaga, a veteran lawyer, told the MST.
The Justice Department said Friday that Tuason, was in custody and would provide “slam dunk evidence” linking Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Juan Ponce Enrile to the pork barrel scam.
Barzaga also said it is too early to say that Tuazon’s disclosure shall put a closure on the pork barrel scam.
“We still have to see the other side of the coin. The Ombudsman has to determine the existence of a probable cause and once the pork barrel cases have been filed,” Barzaga said, the prosecution has to prove the guilt of the accused beyond reasonable doubt with Tuason being under a ‘provisional’ witness protection program of the government.
Abakada party-list Rep. Jonathan dela Cruz, member of the Independent Bloc in the House of Representatives, dared the Aquino government to prove its “Daang Matuwid” mantra by also going after with his allies who are allegedly involved in the pork barrel scam.
“[The testimony of Ruby Tuason] is going to be a long teleserye till the end of this administration. P-Noy (President Aquino) has to show that his “Daang Matuwid” mantra is no joke.
“Sadly, this campaign will focus on his party’s perceived [political] enemies using all the powers - legal or otherwise - available to him,” dela Cruz said. “Of course, those accused will fight back and we will probably have more revelations in the days to come. This time showing that the administration is not without sin in more ways than one,” dela Cruz said.
“The question: will P-Noy and his allies, including his friends in media go all out as well in hammering those close to him who have sinned?” dela Cruz said.