I am posting in full with my annotations the sworn statement that socialite-whistleblower Ruby Tuason made in San Francisco, California when she applied for the government Witness Protection Program and before she testified at the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee.
The only comments I made are to put Tuason’s statements in context of actual and other related events.
It’s interesting to note that if Tuason’s statements are true, two senators of the land allegedly started obtaining kickbacks soon after they sat in office in 2004. One was newly elected first-time Senator Jinggoy Estrada who was even then facing a plunder case for a similar offense – receiving kickbacks from the illegal gambling game jueteng. The other was Senator Juan Ponce Enrile who had been re-elected to the Senate after failing his re-election bid in 2001.
It is also interesting note that a Senate probe on Napoles’ alleged participation in the fertilizer fund scam was stopped dead in the Senate when Enrile became Senate President in 2008 and while Sen. Jinggoy Estrada held the No. 2 post – that of Senate President pro tempore.
But the most interesting thing of all is that, to date, Atty Gigi Reyes has not issued any denial regarding any of Ruby Tuason’s statements. Nor has she denied receiving any cash in behalf of Senator Enrile.
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