MANILA - Senator Jinggoy Estrada strongly believes that the surfacing of Ruby Tuason is a "well-orchestrated" move to point him to a crime he did not commit.
He cited a report about an accounting ledger that will be used as evidence against him. "Wala namang itinatagong ledger si Mrs, Tuason, ngayon nagka-ledger na sya."
He also questioned the Special Allotment Release Order (SARO) numbers allegedly mentioned by Tuason as proof of her knowledge of the illegal transactions.
"She was in the US. Yung [Justice Undersecretary na] pumunta doon, tinally na nila ang mga SARO numbers sa number ni [whistleblower Benhur Luy]."
He said Tuason could not have possibly remembered those alleged numbers.
He believes Tuason “will crumble” when the cross-examination comes.
Estrada also said he is not afraid of the "no holds barred" hearing on Thursday as proclaimed by Sen. TG Guingona, chair of the Blue Ribbon Committee.
"Of course, [Tuason will] fabricate stories. It’s for the public to believe. It’s trial by publicity," he said.
Estrada believes the whistleblowers are trying to jack up his alleged kickbacks to build a case of plunder.
"Sabi ni Benhur Luy, noon P9 million, ngayon P35 million," he said. "P35 million? Ilang kilo yun? Madadala ba nya (Tuason) yun?”
In her affidavit, Tuason said the kickback money for Estrada was delivered to the senator himself at the Senate's parking lot.
Estrada noted that the same affidavit did not bear any details as to the date and circumstance of how money allegedly changed hands between him and Tuason, making her story extremely doubtful.