Ombudsman confident to win PDAF cases

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Outgoing Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 3) — Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales said she remains confident to win cases filed against lawmakers over an alleged pork barrel scam.

"There is now a full trial, and after the full trial is the verdict," Morales said Tuesday. "We have never been more confident in the cases we filed in court."

Morales, who will retire on July 25, said the cases remain intact, even though co-accused former senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Jinggoy Estrada are out on bail.

Whistleblower turned state witness Marina Sula recently told the court hearing on former senator Bong Revilla's plunder case that she was merely coached by former prosecutor now Tarlac judge Joefferson Toribio to corroborate the statements of other witnesses.

However, documentary evidence against Sula and Revilla is overwhelming, according to Special Prosecutor Edilberto Sandoval.

Sandoval said they will present Toribio as a rebuttal witness.

"We'll call him and present him as rebuttal witness. Akala kasi ng witness, wala na sa opisina namin eh. Judge na sa malayong lugar, siguro nasa isip niya siya na ang sinabing tinuruan siya but we will see when Judge Toribio testifies," Sandoval.

[Translation: We'll call him and present him as rebuttal witness. The witness may have taught he's no longer in our office. The judge is already far away, so she could say the judge merely taught her. But we will see when Judge Toribio testifies.]

Sula used to work for businesswoman and alleged pork scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles.

CNN Philippines' AC Nicholls contributed to this report.