Jinggoy camp says no idea about 'pork' for dead

Posted at 08/06/14 9:48 PM

MANILA - Senator Jinggoy Estrada on Wednesday washed his hands clean of allegations that some of his pork barrel allocations were given to a baby and dead people.

The detained senator's spokesperson, in a press statement, said Estrada had no hand in the implementation of the projects funded under his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

"His only involvement in the process is to identify projects for funding from his PDAF allocation," Andrews said.

"We wish to reiterate that the implementing agencies and only the implementing agencies have the power to choose specific NGO to carry out the projects. The endorsements of certain NGOs were recommendatory at best with the ultimate choice of NGOs left to the implementing agency in accordance to laws and regulations," Andrews added.

Estrada and fellow senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Bong Revilla have been charged with plunder at the Sandiganbayan for the multibillion-peso pork barrel scam.

The others charged include alleged scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles, Enrile's former chief of staff Jessica Reyes, Ronald John Lim, John Raymund de Asis, Pauline Labayen, John de Asis, and Richard Cambe.

The three senators are currently detained at Camp Crame.

Estrada's spokesperson blamed whistleblower Benhur Luy for allegedly being the person responsible for using the senator's name.

"Assuming that there were bogus and non-existent beneficiaries, it must be noted that it was Benhur Luy who fabricated the said documents and invented the said names," Andrews said. "It was also Benhur Luy's name that appears in the documents which state that it was Luy who received the funds as President of the non-government organization in question."