Jinggoy opposes transfer to Bicutan jail
MANILA - Senator Jinggoy Estrada called on President Benigno Aquino III to calm down following a loaded speech in defense of his administration's Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).
Right before his bail hearing at the Sandiganbayan on Tuesday morning, Estrada said he was able to watch the President's speech at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center's common area.
Estrada said challenging the Supreme Court's unanimous decision will not look good on the President and could cause another crisis, which the country does not need.
He said Aquino should just respect the decision of the high court. It will be very difficult to overturn the SC's 13-0 vote, he added.
Estrada doubts Aquino will be able to convince even his appointees to change their minds after voting against DAP.
Estrada's father, Manila Mayor and former President Joseph Estrada, agreed and said this conflict can turn into a constitutional crisis.
In September last year, Estrada delivered a much anticipated privilege speech believed to be a response to allegations linking him to the pork barrel scam.
Instead, Estrada hurled his own exposé and revealed that P50 million additional funds were given to senator-judges who voted to convict then Chief Justice Renato Corona.
He repeatedly asked where the funds came from and eventually, Budget Secretary Butch Abad admitted that it came from the DAP.
It was the first time that the country heard of DAP.
In jest, Estrada said Tuesday he is the whistleblower in this case, which is why he should be taken under the government's Witness Protection Program (WPP).
Meanwhile, the senator questioned a motion by prosecutors to have him transferred to Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig City.
Estrada said there is no reason to detain them with convicted criminals.
"Bakit kami isasali sa mga...convicted criminals? We are not convicts," he said.
He also denied reports that they are being given special treatment, but thanked the PNP for treating them fairly. -- With report from Johnson Manabat, dzMM