BI confirms Tuason,Plaza have left PH


Bureau of Immigration building. Photo from Bureau of Immmigration website

MANILA, Philippines—If flight were an indication of guilt, several personalities linked to the P10-billion pork barrel scam might have given investigators strong cause to indict them.

Available information from the Bureau of Immigration (BI) indicated that two more linked to the illegal use of the lawmakers’ Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), also known as pork barrel, have quietly slipped out of the country.

BI records showed that Ruby Chan Tuason left the country on Aug. 26 via Cathay Pacific Airways flight CX906. Her flight coincided with the Million People March that netizens organized at Rizal Park in Manila to call for the complete abolition of the pork barrel.

While there was no mention of Tuason’s destination, a check on showed that the particular flight regularly departs for Hong Kong.

Data also showed that Rodolfo Galido Plaza left the country on Sept. 11 via Cebu Pacific 5J108. The aircraft also flies the Manila-Hong Kong route.

Tuason, the former social secretary of former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, was among those named by whistle-blowers as involved in the pork barrel scam allegedly masterminded by businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles.

Plaza, Agusan del Sur representative from 2001 to 2010, was tagged as one of the 28 lawmakers who allowed his pork barrel to be used for ghost projects initiated by Napoles’ fake nongovernment organizations.

A certain Richard Cambe was also found to have left the country, but a source from the immigration bureau told reporters that he might just be the namesake of Sen. Ramon Revilla Jr.’s chief political adviser. Records showed that the passenger, who was born on Dec. 17, 1983, left on May 17 last year on Cathay Pacific flight CX918.

On Thursday, acting Immigration Commissioner Siegfred Mison confirmed that Jessica Lucilla “Gigi” Reyes, former chief of staff of Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile, left the country for Macau on Aug. 31 and “has not returned.”

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  • p00rd0y

    nayawa na… guilty beyond reasonable doubt….

  • talagalangha

    Dapat itong si Benigno Simeon Aquino ang paalisin, eh…siya ang pinaka malaking pork barrel, at siya ang hindi inaaudit ng kahit sino….

    He is the MOST CORRUPT president, ever! Tama, let us not insult the pigs, by calling this discretionary funds, at least yung baboy, inaamin niyang mga kababuyan niya…eh yung isa, nagtatago sa propaganda ng matuwid na daan….which street, was recently named Napoles Street….directly leading us to (Good) Times Street…

    • Nate

      Why? Is there a whistle-blower pointing to PNoy involving corruption? Are there documentary evidences linked to him? If you have any legit proof of corruption then the people would like to know and deserves to know but if you DON”T then show decency and respect to the President. If you don’t like him at the least don’t throw baseless accusations. Neither of the 3 senators now accused of plundering could even make a claim that the President wasn’t audited. Factually these PDFs and presidential funds aren’t the problem, they’re intended for good reasons but these corrupt politicians are the ones that are making it look bad because they’re shamelessly stealing from it.

      • whispers990

        Well, you know that meeting they had in the presidential palace with Janet Napoles before sending her to jail? It was to negotiate that she wouldn’t incriminate the administration. While President Aquino is not technically guilty, Mar Roxas obtained substantial amounts of funding from Napoles for LP campaigns in the previous election. This is from a reliable insider source. However, nothing will happen since the administration’s damage control and contingency plans are in place.

      • Nate

        You have first hand knowledge that it was a negotiation not to incriminate the administration? Wow if you do then you must be working for the administration to be present in that meeting. Please don’t try to use that same “insider source” line which is highly abused. Like I said if these senators have this “inside source” that you have they would gladly bring it out to taint the administration but they don’t.

      • whispers990

        The charged senators are not stupid. I am sure they know that some kind of deal was struck. Look at Mayor Tiangco (UNA), he is already highlighting the bias. Let us just say that the administration and the opposition have their faults but the administration is still much cleaner than the others.

    • lex

      Tang INA mo!, kung wala kang masabing tama, magpatiwakal ka na lang.Sinasabi mong si pnoy most corrupt president, kung may basihan ka ng sinasabi mo, ilabas mo. Si PNOY AY DI TULAD NG MGA AMO MONG demonyo!

    • Batman

      Sadly, there is no case (even rumors) that can link the president to any form of corruption.

      If the rumors are true – that he likes playing computer games, good food, and watching movies. There you are, he is a very simple person – mababaw lang kaligayahan.

      We did not even vote for the president but he has exceeded and achieved a lot since the traitor of traitors Emilio Aguinaldo.

  • pawok

    They are going abroad to enjoy their loot.

  • Atilla D. Hun

    babalik lang sila kung bago na ang administrasyon gaya ng style ng iba.

  • tilamsik

    How stupid… why run after when you can hold them from leaving…. dumb dumb dumb

  • Stingray

    dapat kasi bago isamedia ang mga sangkot sa scam ay dapat may kasama narin warrant of arrest, para hindi na nakakatakas at hindi narin makapagwithdraw sa mga bank accounts nila

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