NBI still probing Ruby Tuason's boss
MANILA - The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) continues to work on the so-called "principal" of Ruby Tuason, former social secretary of ex-president Joseph Estrada and one of 24 respondents in the complaint filed with the Office of the Ombudsman in connection with the P900 million Malampaya Fund mess.
Justice Secretary Leila De Lima earlier announced that Tuason, who allegedly received P242.8 million in kickbacks, the largest for the said scam, may have had a "principal."
"That's being worked on. Again, we will just announce if, let's say, natukoy na namin through clear evidence, through sufficient evidence, and then we are ready to be filing either an amended letter complaint or a supplemental letter complaint.'
"It's most probably a supplemental letter-complaint pag may additional facts kami na ma-uncover that could really point to the principal or principals of Ruby Tuason," De Lima said.
Tuason was charged with plunder along with former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Arroyo, former Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita, former Agrarian Reform Secretary Nasser Pangandaman, former Budget Secretary Rolando, and several others for allegedly pocketing the funds obtained as royalties from the natural gas project off the seas of Palawan.
Former First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo earlier confirmed that Tuason is the estranged wife of his late cousin Carlos "Butch" Tuason. He, however, denied having any dealings with Ruby.