Jail Jinggoy? Binay won't do it, says senator

Posted at 03/07/14 1:40 PM

MANILA - Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano on Friday said he does not believe Vice-President Jejomar Binay will push for the prosecution of Sen. Jinggoy Estrada if a criminal case is filed against the actor-senator.

Speaking to radio DZMM, Cayetano scoffed at a United Nationalist Alliance's (UNA) statement that Binay will not hesitate to go after his own allies if criminal cases are filed against them in court in connection with the pork barrel scam.

For one thing, Cayetano said Binay is openly courting Estrada to be his running-mate when he runs for President in 2016.

"Paano mo ipo-prosecute yung kakampi mo kung nililigawan mong maging vice-president?" the senator asked.

Cayetano said there are already indications that Binay is eyeing Estrada as a possible vice-presidential bet. He said Binay's daughter, Sen. Nancy Binay, earlier described Estrada as a viable VP bet.

"Yesterday, they said there will be no special treatment for allies but the day before sinabi ni Sen. Nancy Binay, through thick or thin, magkasama sila ni Senator Estrada at siya ang pinakaqualified at may edge sa vice-president," he said.

Vice-President Binay is one of the three leaders of UNA; the other two are former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, father of Senator Estrada, and Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile.

Enrile and Senator Estrada are facing plunder charges before the Office of the Ombudsman for allegedly funneling their Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to bogus or ghost projects of non-government organizations of Janet Lim Napoles.

Cayetano said that if Binay picks Estrada as his running-mate and the latter is elected vice-president in 2016, Estrada will be immune from prosecution before the Ombudsman for six years unless he is impeached.

"Ang nangyayari, kampihan na lang ng pulitiko," he said.