Netizens cynical about Ruby Tuason's testimony

Posted at 02/07/2014 11:32 PM | Updated as of 02/07/2014 11:32 PM

MANILA – Will Ruby Tuason’s testimony help ensure that those involved in the pork barrel and Malampaya fund scams will be held accountable for their wrongdoing?

Ruby Tuason, the former aide of ex-president Joseph Estrada, returned to the country and revealed that she introduced alleged pork barrel cam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles to Senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Jinggoy Estrada back in 2004.

This incident, according to Tuason, is an important link to the scam which allegedly involved Napoles, Enrile and Estrada, among others.

But despite gaining the support of Justice Secretary Leila Delima, netizens remain unconvinced that Tuason’s testimony will mean justice will be done and those involved will be punished.

On Friday, TV Patrol asked on all its social media accounts, “Nagbalik-bansa ang dating social secretary ni ex-Pres. Estrada at nagsumite ng salaysay ukol sa pork scam. Tingin niyo ba ay tuluyan nang mapapanagot ang mga sangkot sa pork barrel scam dahil sa paglabas ni Tuason?”

Majority of Twitter users believe that Tuason’s appearance will not make any difference at all.

Menan Victorino (‏@mennan071) said, “’Yang case na ‘yan [ay] matatabunan na naman ng mga bagong kaso.”

Jan Quio Naraval ‏(@Quio18 Hindi) said that the pork barrel scam issue will only be prolonged until it becomes forgotten.

“[Hindi]. Kasi ide-delay nila ng ide-delay ang kaso ukol sa pork scam.”

Mang Inasar (‏@Mang_INASAR) said those who are accused will make ways to evade the issue.

“Hindi pa rin matatapos. Kasi hangga’t kaya, magpapalusot at magpapalusot pa rin ang mga akusado.”

Jasmine Nolos (‏@SJasmine_kyu) said so long as no senator is admitting to the crime, the case will never be solved.

“Hindi rin. Hahaba lang lalo ang diskusyon sa kasong ‘yan. Hangga’t walang senador na umaamin ‘nganga’ lang tayo.”

Twitter user Bryantdmo ‏(@bryantdmo) answered: “May napanagot ba sa fertilizer fund scam? History repeats itself.”

On Facebook, netizens are divided on the issue.

Angelica Soliman Florece said, “Matagal na proseso pa bago malaman ang katotohanan. Matataas na opisyal ang sangkot kaya siguradong parang pagong lang bago umusad ang kaso na ‘yan.”

Ruben Pagangpang noted how unfair the laws in the Philippines are, especially for the underprivileged.

“Kapag mahirap sa buhay na tao ang nagkasala, mabilis matapos ang imbestigasyon at kulong agad. Pero kapag malalaking tao ang nangurakot, kahit pa marami ang mga testigo. hindi pinapaniwalaan. Biased.”

Poculan Einaveoj echoed Pagangpang’s sentiment and claimed that since the accused are all wealthy and powerful, the case will not bear fruit.

“Wala nang pag-asa ‘yan kasi maimpluwensya din ang mga sangkot. Parang nawawalan na ako ng pag-asa sa ‘tuwid na daan’ na sinasabi ni PNoy.”

James M. Arrogante said, “Mas magiging komplikado pa ‘yan dahil wala ni isang aamin diyan. Pero malakas ang ebidensiya; ang yayaman na lalo ng mga sangkot na pulitko at lalong madaming naghihirap. Probe lang ng probe: nauuwi lang sa wala.”

Mark Leonard Gomez, on the other hand, chose to view the matter differently.

“With the power of evidence and witnesses, yes! Unless may mag-manipulate.”