Witness protection on Tuason ‘tactical decision’ – De Lima

Monday, February 17th, 2014. Filed under: Philippine News
State witness Ruby Tuason takes her oath Thursday (Feb. 13, 2014) before the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on the pork barrel anomaly as Justice Secretary Leila de Lima (right) and whistle-blower Benhur Luy (left) look on. (MNS photo)

State witness Ruby Tuason takes her oath Thursday (Feb. 13, 2014) before the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on the pork barrel anomaly as Justice Secretary Leila de Lima (right) and whistle-blower Benhur Luy (left) look on. (MNS photo)

MANILA, Feb 17 (Mabuhay) – Justice Secretary Leila M. De Lima on Monday branded as “tactical decision” the action of the Department of Justice-National Bureau of Investigation (DOJ-NBI) to place Ruby Tuason under the provisional coverage of the Witness Protection Program (WPP).

De Lima believes that the testimony of Tuason is a big help to pin down the officials implicated in the pork barrel scam, especially since she has direct knowledge in the delivery and receipt of “kickbacks” from the priority development assistance fund (PDAF).

De Lima explained that the DOJ has considered Tuason as a state witness in order that there will be a successful prosecution of the PDAF scam case.

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV earlier expressed doubts that the testimony of Tuason is an alleged act of “sabotage” because Senator Juan Ponce Enrile was allegedly behind her surfacing.

Critics doubted Tuason’s surfacing in the sense that her legal counsel, Atty. Dennis Manalo comes from the Siguion Reyna Montecillo and Ongsiako law office where Enrile is a partner. (MNS)

Related posts

Muntinlupa’s Ruffy Biazon posts bail for pork scam chargesJinggoy, Bong seek furlough to pay last respects to Kuya GermsDOJ eyes probe of Iglesia ‘abductions’All lawmakers should be covered by ‘pork’ audit, including VP Binay critics: anti-PDAF advocatesAlleged US role in Maguindanao clash probedNBI looking into DOH vaccines mess involving Ona, TayagNBI evidence may be used in VP Binay impeachment – De LimaFor the proposed new PHL criminal code, Spanish terms were removed, criminal liability age loweredNapoles denies setting up fake NGOsPemberton deported, ‘perpetually’ banned from reentering PHPreps for Pemberton’s deportation underway — BICOVID vaccine in exchange for Pemberton? DOH says no such condition set by US manufacturersPemberton receives release papersNo problem with deportation of Pemberton after pardon — DOJDuterte grants absolute pardon to Pemberton — PalacePemberton asks Olongapo court to allow his releasePemberton not qualified for GCTA — Laude family lawyerRoque deplores court order for Pemberton’s early releaseBuCor asked to compute Pemberton’s served jail timeDOT Chief vows to continue annual staging of Madrid Fusion Manila