Enrile admits meeting Napoles conduit Ruby Tuason

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Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile admitted meeting with pork barrel conduit Ruby Tuason over lunch, but denied it was to receive kickbacks from her in the pork barrel scam. Whistleblowers said Tuason was the conduit for lawmakers who supposedly funneled their pork barrel funds to the fake NGOs of alleged mastermind Janet Lim Napoles. After leaving the country in August, Tuason returned Friday and turned state witness, corroborating statements that Enrile and Sen Jinggoy Estrada received kickbacks from the scam. In her affidavit, Tuason said she personally delivered cash to Enrile’s former chief of staff Gigi Reyes. Tuason said they met in restaurants in Taguig and Makati, and Enrile would sometimes join them when they were “almost done” with the transaction. But on Monday, Enrile said he only met with Tuason sometime between 2006 and 2007 for a property transaction.

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