Palace urges other pork scam informants to speak up

Posted at 02/09/14 1:36 PM

MANILA -- Malacanang appealed to other informants to say their peace now on the pork scam in order that the country may finally move forward.

Quoting President Benigno Aquino III, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said: “Pangako natin sa sambayanan, kung saan tayo dadalhin ng ebidensya, doon tayo tutungo. Makakatulong ito sa pagsasara sa kabanatang ito na nangyari na pang-aapi sa ating sambayanan.”

The government is hoping that Enrile’s chief of staff, Gigi Reyes, will finally speak on the matter.

After a long silence on social media, Reyes, who is believed to be abroad, posted on her Instagram account a quote that reads: “You have the power to say, ‘This is not how my story will end.’”

Coloma assured that the Department of Justice (DOJ) will process all information received and assess if the informant can be given protection under the Witness Protection Program (WPP).

“Aalamin ng DOJ kung mayroong sapat na batayan upang bigyan din sila ng konsiderasyon na lumahok sa Witness Protection Program o ituring na saksi para sa pamahalaan (state witness), isasagawa ng DOJ ang mga nararapat na hakbang upang isulong ang pagpapatunay sa umano’y maling paggamit ng pondo ng bayan,” Coloma told radio dzRB.

Ruby Tuason, the former aide of ex-President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, arrived in Manila on Friday and is now provisionally under the WPP.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima described Tuason’s information as a “slum dunk” when it comes to the cases filed against lawmakers in the pork scam. Tuason has alleged that senators Jinggoy Estrada and Juan Ponce Enrile were the two principal players in the pork scam.

Estrada immediately reacted, saying Tuason was only trying to save herself from further prosecution since she was also named in the plunder complaint.