Miriam asks for set time to grill Cunanan

By Ron Gagalac, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 27 2014 08:21 PM | Updated as of Feb 28 2014 04:57 AM

MANILA - Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago has asked the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee to allow her to interpellate
Technology Resource Center (TRC) Director General on-leave Dennis Cunanan at the exact hour of 11:30 am when the committee resumes its hearing into the pork barrel scam on Thursday, March 6.

Cunanan is the second respondent to the pork barrel case to apply to turn state witness after Ruby Tuason, the
ex-social secretary of former President Joseph Estrada.

He is provisionally covered by the government's witness protection program.

Cunanan is expected to say that he personally spoke over the phone to Senators Bong Revilla and Jinggoy Estrada to confirm endorsement letters which directed the TRC to implement multi-million peso priority development assistance fund (PDAF) projects using Napoles-linked NGOs.

In a press conference last week however, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said Cunanan does not claim to ever have spoken with Senator Juan Ponce Enrile.

Santiago cited health reasons in asking for a definite hour to interpellate Cunanan.

"My reason for this unusual request is that I suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome, which allows me to participate in any event outside my house only for some two hours," Santiago wrote in her letter to the Committee.

"I assure you that I shall try my best - out of courtesy to you and for the sake of my health- to keep my interpellation short."

Santiago made a similar request when Tuason faced the Senate earlier this month. Her request was granted.