Tuason testimony a 3-point buzzer beater – Guingona

Witness Ruby Tuason appears before the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee and says she risks personal safety without any promise of immunity

OATH-TAKING. Witness Ruby Tuason takes her oath before the Senate blue ribbon committee on Thursday, February 13. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – If witness Ruby Chan Tuason stands by her sworn testimony that directly connects Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Juan Ponce Enrile to kickbacks from their misused pork barrel, it would be tantamount to not only a slam-dunk, but a 3-point buzzer beater.

In his opening statement, Senator Teofisto Guingona III, chair of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, said, Ang sabi ni Secretary De Lima, ang inyo daw pong testimonya ay parang isang ‘slam dunk.’ Sa tingin ko, hindi lamang ito isang slam-dunk. Kung paninindigan po ninyo ang mga bagay na sasabihin ninyo, baka po isang three-point shot. Isang three-point shot na buzzer beater na, winning shot pa.”

([Justice] Secretary [Leila] de Lima said your testimony is like a ‘slam dunk.’ I think this isn’t just slam-dunk. If you will stand by the things you will say, this might be a 3-point shot, a 3-point shot that is not just a buzzer beater but also a winning shot.)

In her sworn statement, Tuason said she personally delivered kickbacks to Estrada in Greenhills, San Juan, and at his Senate office.

Tuason also said that Jessica Lucila “Gigi” Reyes, Enrile’s former chief of staff and confidant, allegedly picked up cash from Tuason’s house in Dasmariñas Village in Makati City, or got this through their meetings in restaurants in Taguig and Makati. Enrile was said to have joined those meetings as well, arriving towards the end.

Tuason arrived at the Senate at past 9 am and delivered an opening statement.

She said she gave her testimony and risked personal safety without any promise of immunity. She pointed out that her admission to the Witness Protection Program was “merely provisional.” – Rappler.com

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