Jinggoy loses interest in facing Cunanan

Posted at 02/27/14 7:48 PM

MANILA - Senator Jinggoy Estrada is no longer interested in facing on-leave Technology Resource Center Director General Dennis Cunanan when he appears during the pork barrel scam hearing on Thursday.

Estrada told Senate reporters, “I think I will no longer attend. It’s a big joke. They will just cast lies.”

He said he will discuss the matter with his lawyer on Monday.

Estrada, one of those facing plunder and other charges in connection with the pork barrel scam, earlier said he wants to hear what Cunanan has to say against him.

He recalled he had wanted go to the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee when socialite Ruby Tuason testified last Feb. 13.

Estrada changed his mind, however, after Cunanan offered undergo a lifestyle check and open his bank accounts to prove he did not benefit from the pork barrel scam.

In a statement issued Wednesday (Feb. 26) through his lawyer Odessa D.C. Bernardo, Cunanan said: “In order to put to rest any doubts about my claim that I did not receive any monetary benefits from the perpetrators of the PDAF Scam, I hereby state my unqualified willingness and readiness to undergo a lifestyle check by the Department of Justice (DOJ).”

“I believe there’s game-fixing already,” Estrada said Thursday.

He believes Cunanan is being used by Malacanang to pin him, as well as his co-accused, Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr., down.

He claimed Cunanan is bold enough to open his bank accounts “because these were already manipulated.”