Ruby Tuason knows more, lawyer says

Posted at 02/14/14 4:51 AM

MANILA – Atty. Levito Baligod, lawyer of whistleblower Benhur Luy, said Thursday that socialie and former Palace aide Ruby Tuason knows more about the pork barrel and Malampaya fund scams than what she has revealed so far.

“I noticed that she might have been forthright in the points she stated in her affidavit, but I think she knows more than what she already revealed in her affidavit,” Baligod told ANC Prime Time.

Baligod said he thinks Tuason only revealed information in response to questions asked by investigators.

“If more questions would be asked, I think more can be elicited from her,” he said.

According to the lawyer, Tuason needs to share more details regarding the alleged delivery of the kickbacks for Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Juan Ponce Enrile.

“It would not be enough to just claim she gave this amount to this senator or to this conduit without describing the circumstances, the place, the time, the manner, the amount she delivered, who were with whom, etc,” Baligod said.

With regard to the Malampaya fund scam, Baligod said Tuason may still be hesitant to declare everything that she knows about how the fund went to certain individuals or politicians.

“I think it is too convenient for her to just state that they used her house as a delivery or pick-up point for the kickbacks. She has to detail further how many times Atty. Jess Santos came over to pick up the kickbacks,” he noted. “Definitely, hindi lang isang beses pumunta si Atty Santos sa bahay niya.”

Asked about the alleged discrepancies between the statement of the whistleblowers and Tuason, Baligod said there are no material discrepancies.

“In fact, Mrs. Tuason confirmed the statement made by the whistleblowers that first, she served as the agent of the two senators, second, she in fact received kickbacks and third, she personally delivered these commissions to her principals. These are the material points that the testimonies of whistleblowers and Mrs Tuason corroborated with each other,” he said. - with ANC