VIDEO: Jinggoy hits PDAF scam witnesses
Senator Jinggoy Estrada responds to witness accounts of his involvement in the pork barrel scam in a privilege speech Wednesday.
He questions the credibility of provisional state witnesses Dennis Cunanan and Ruby Tuason, and says their testimonies are all lies.
Estrada questions the ownership of a house worth P40 million allegedly belonging to Cunanan’s brother.
JINGGOY ESTRADA, PHILIPPINE SENATOR: Hindi ba nakapagtataka na hindi niya binabanggit ang kanyang mala-palasyong tahanan sa White Plains…Napakabait naman nitong kapatid ni Dennis, bumili ng mamahaling bahay at lupa sa isang prestihiyosong subdivision para lamang tumira ay si Dennis… samantala kapatid nya sa Pampanga. Aba’y napakaswerte ni Dennis na kapatid! Sana meron din akong kapatid na singbait ng kapatid ni Dennis…Ano kaya ginawa niya sa cash advance? Dinagdag sa pambili ng bahay sa White Plains? (Isn’t it strange that he didn’t mention his mansion-like house in White Plains? Dennis’ brother is so good to him. He bought an expensive house and land in a prestigious subdivision just so Dennis could live in it, while he lives in Pampanga. Dennis is such a lucky brother! I wish I had a brother as good as Dennis’ brother…What did he do with the cash advance? Did he use it to buy a house in White Plains?)
Estrada presents documents from the Bureau of Immigrations exposing Cunanan’s jetsetting lifestyle.
JINGGOY ESTRADA, PHILIPPINE SENATOR: Ginagawa pong Quiapo ni Cunanan at ng kanyang asawa pati kanyang anak ang America.. Europa, at mga bansa sa Asia...Nagbiyahe po siya ng humigit-kumulang 80 times sa loob ng 10 taon! Kahit sinong senador sa atin ay di makakapagbiyahe nga ng walumpung beses sa sampung taon. Di nya ata sinusuportahan ang programang pang-turismo ng gobyerno. Madalas siyang nasa labas ng Pilipinas. Isipin mo nga naman para kay Dennis, it’s more fun outside the Philippines! (America, Europe, and Asia is just like going to Quiapo for his family…He traveled 80 times in the span of 10 years! Any senator wouldn’t be able to do that…He doesn’t support local tourism. He’s always out of the country. For Dennis, it’s more fun outside the Philippines.)
The senator also hits Cunanan for saying he "reformed" the Technology Resource Center when the agency still got pork barrel under his leadership.
In a Senate testimony, Cunanan claimed he stopped the release of funds from his agency after discovering questionable NGOs obtained pork barrel through the TRC.
But Estrada cites an audit report to debunk Cunanan’s claim.
The senator says the TRC got pork barrel funds from 2010 to 2012.
Cunanan became director-general of the TRC in 2010.
The senator then turns to Tuason whose testimony provides the direct link to Estrada and Sen Juan Ponce Enrile.
He questions the Justice Department’s decision allowing Tuason to travel abroad, adding she has enough properties in the Philippines to liquidate the P40 million she received as kickback.
JINGGOY ESTRADA, PHILIPPINE SENATOR: Hindi naman kailangan pumunta ni Mrs. Tuason sa abroad…Marami pa ba siyang ari-arian sa America na nais ibenta o marami pa syang ari-arian na gusto niyang itago sa pangalan ng kanyang mga anak? Meron syang isang bahay sa Henderson, Nevada, bahay sa Kawayan Cove sa Cavite, townhouse sa Alabang, at townhouse sa Valle Verde. #1510 Carissa St, Dasmariñas Village, Makati City - na mas kilala sa tawag na Malampaya Mansion - would be more than enough to finance the measly P40 M na sinabi niyang kanyang ibabalik. (She doesn’t need to leave the country. Does she have properties she wants to hide? She has one house in Henderson, Nevada, a house in Kawayan Cove in Cavite, a townhouse in Alabang, a townhouse in Valle Verde. #1510 Carissa St. Dasmariñas Village Makati City which is more popularly known as the ‘Malampaya Mansion’ would be more than enough to finance the measly P40 million she promised to return.)
Estrada raises his qualms on the special treatment accorded Cunanan and Tuason.
JINGGOY ESTRADA, PHILIPPINE SENATOR: Are these the kinds of witnesses that the DOJ is now staunchly vouching and spending for under its witness protection program? People who can’t even be honest about their real educational background? People who would not hesitate to drag the name of a dead brother just to conceal their own guilt? Has the DOJ deliberately omitted these facts and information from the Blue Ribbon just to support and build their case? Is this the handy work of an undersecretary of the DOJ who, I am informed by unimpeachable sources, has repeatedly instructed the witnesses to focus only on this representation and Senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Bong Revilla Jr?