Ex-Erap aide Ruby Tuason now ‘provisional’ state witness


Ruby Tuason is now under the government’s provisional coverage as a state witness in its cases against private and public officials linked to the pork barrel scam, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said Friday, February 7. De Lima explained that the provisional status means Tuason is not yet granted full coverage under the Witness Protection Program (WPP) of the justice department pending further evaluation of her testimony. De Lima confirmed that Tuason, an associate of alleged pork barrel scam queen Janet Lim Napoles, has executed an affidavit containing “vital information” that could pin down the accused in the plunder complaints filed with the Office of the Ombudsman. Tuason arrived Friday morning in Manila and is now under the custody of the Department of Justice (DOJ).

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