Jinggoy weary of delay in Malampaya fund scam probe

Posted at 08/04/14 2:22 PM

MANILA - Detained Senator Jinggoy Estrada has asked the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee why the investigation into the P900 million Malampaya fund scam has not yet commenced.

In a statement, Estrada said he can only think of two reasons for the delay.

"One, that the chairman is not really interested in probing the scam and that he just said otherwise para magpa-pogi. Two, that the body through the clever leadership of its chairman is shielding the allies of the administration who might be dragged into the controversy," he said.

Ruby Tuason, former social secretary of Estrada's father, has been linked to the scam. Tuason earlier testified that she delivered pork barrel kickbacks to Estrada from alleged pork scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles.

Tuason earlier denied any part in the P900 million Malampaya fund scam, saying that it was her late brother who allegedly benefited from the alleged scam.

Whistle-blowers earlier said alleged pork scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles cornered P900 million of the Malampaya funds sometime in 2009.

The funds, which represent the royalties of the government from the natural gas exploration project in Palawan, were meant for the local government units that were hit by Typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng in 2009.

Estrada said the Senate is duty-bound to unmask those involved in the scam.

"I am hopeful that the Senate leadership will still find resolve to carry out its mandate of investigating anomalies inside the bureaucracy, bringing responsible persons to account and legislating measures to enhance government processes," he said.