Jinggoy: I don't know 'Sexy'
MANILA - Senator Jinggoy Estrada on Thursday denied knowing the male senator codenamed "Sexy" who allegedly allegedly connived with businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles in the P10 billion pork barrel scam.
Estrada, in an interview on radio dzMM, said he used to be obese but slimmed down after undergoing bariatric surgery to curb his appetite.
"Inaamin ko naman na dati akong mataba at pumayat eh dahil nagpaopera ako para pumayat dahil shobang-shoba na ako noong araw," he said.
Estrada admitted this first on "Bandila" during the 2010 election campaign period .
"The truth is I had this bariatric surgery because I had an uncontrollable appetite. I ate all the kinds of food served on the table," the son of former President Joseph Estrada said.
The younger Estrada, however, insisted that he is not the senator "Sexy" alluded to by whistleblower Benhur Luy during the hearing on the pork barrel scam in the Senate on Thursday.
"Hindi ko alam kung sino ang tinutukoy nilang 'Sexy'. Hindi ko po kilala kahit sinong whistleblower," he said.
Senator Francis "Chiz" Escudero questioned Luy about the identity of the "Sexy" senator.
"Curious lang ako. Sabi mo yung sexy lalaki, paano nangyari yun? Mahilig sa [sexy?]"
"Kasi po nung una po kasi ano siya, mataba daw tapos biglang pumayat kaya sexy na ang tawag namin," Luy answered.
Estrada, meanwhile, told dzMM he does not know Luy.
"Kindi ko kilala si Benhur at hindi ko nakikita si Benhur sa aking tanggapan," he said. "Hindi ko po nakakausap si Benhur Luy."
He also denied getting money from Napoles.
"Sa pagkakaalam ko, hindi kami tumanggap ng pera mula kay Janet Napoles," he said. "Wala po akong natatanggap."
'WHY ONLY JPE, BONG AND ME?'
Estrada also lashed out at the Commission on Audit for allegedly targeting him, former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, and Senator Bong Revilla Jr.
"Ako'y nababahala sa COA audit. Kaming 3 nababanggit, Si Senator Enrile, Senator Revilla at ako," he said.
"Ang nais ko lamang tanungin ang COA, bakit kaming tatlo, malawak na ang pag-aaudit pero ibang kasama kong senador, iyung bang congressman, halos 10%-20% lang nao-audit," Estrada said.
"Tatlo lang naman kaming pinupuntirya. Araw-araw na lang na sa front page ng diyaryo," he added.
"Parang lumalabas na magnanakaw na kaming lahat," he said, adding that he has been careful to protect his name.
"Pinangalagaan ko ang pangalan ko," Estrada said.