A star witness in a corruption scandal implicating powerful Philippine lawmakers publicly acknowledged her role Thursday in deals that defrauded the government of large amounts of anti-poverty funds and pledged to return nearly $1 million in kickbacks she received from corrupt deals.
Businesswoman and socialite Ruby Tuason testified at a televised Senate committee hearing that she decided to tell the public what she knew of the corruption and the alleged involvement of two prominent senators after watching the misery of many poor Filipino survivors of a powerful typhoon last November.
Originally among those facing corruption complaints, Tuason later was allowed by the Department of Justice to become a state witness after offering to disclose details of the alleged large-scale graft. She said she decided to return recently from the United States, where she hid for months, despite the risks because she felt so guilty.
"I really actually even felt like I was Judas Iscariot," Tuason...