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    P10B scam in Phl traced to conspiracy

    A state witness on Thursday hinted that a conspiracy among lawmakers and other government officials could have led to the embezzlement of the people’s money amounting to P10 billion.
    Appearing before the Senate blue ribbon committee investigating the multibillion fund scandal, Dennis Cunanan said three senators used the same language and contents in their proposals requesting for implementation of their identified projects.
    Cunanan, former director of the Technology Resource Center used as conduit for fund releases by scam queen Janet Lim-Napoles, was referring to Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. and Jinggoy Estrada.
    “Some of the senators even asked me to immediately release their funds,” Cunanan told the committee.
    Meanwhile, Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago said Enrile and his wife, Cristina, are "jointly trying to paint Atty. Gigi Reyes as a "stand-alone culprit" in the multibillion pork barrel scam.
    Last March 5, newspapers carried reports that Cristina admitted she tried to divorce her husband because of his long-term relationship with Gigi, who was his chief of staff and alleged mistress, until she left the country after both she and Enrile were charged with plunder.
    Santiago emphasized that witnesses Ruby Tuason and Cunanan alleged that they did not talk about pork barrel kickbacks with Enrile, but only with Gigi.
    Despite Enrile's meticulous avoidance of any direct conversation about the pork barrel with Tuason and Cunanan, Santiago argued that Enrile was part of a "criminal conspiracy to plunder" and was, therefore, guilty because in conspiracy "the guilt of one is the guilt of all."
    Santiago cited a Supreme Court ruling that if a person who is part of a conspiracy claims he is not a conspirator, he should at least prove that he tried to prevent the crime.
    "Under the Supreme Court ruling, the issue that can easily be answered is whether both Tuason and Cunanan were convinced that Enrile tried to prevent Gigi from committing plunder," she said.
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