MANILA, Philippines – Described as "slam dunk evidence," Ruby Tuason's testimony is said to pin down Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Juan Ponce Enrile as direct recipients of kickbacks for bogus projects under their Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).
In her 15-page affidavit sworn to in California on February 4 and re-affirmed before the Office of the Ombudsman 3 days later, Tuason reveals what she knows about the two senators' supposed dealings with Janet Lim Napoles, the alleged brains behind the pork barrel scam. (READ: Pork Tales: A story of corruption)
The ex-aide of former president Joseph Estrada, father of Jinggoy, claimed to be the bagman for the shares of two senators from the illegal siphoning of taxpayers' money.
Philippine authorities questioned Tuason while in California. The transcript of this series of questions and answers later became her affidavit.
Rappler publishes excerpts from her sworn statement, with editor's notes in brackets to clarify certain references:
She left the country in August 2013 and flew back on February 7, after a month of long-distance coordination with Philippine law enforcers. – Rappler.com