MANILA - Senator Jinggoy Estrada will not be attending the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee's hearing on Thursday and would not personally confront provisional state witness Dennis Cunanan who has accused him of misusing his pork barrel allocation.
Estrada said his lawyers advised him not to show up.
"They want me to be consistent in [not] appearing. If I appear, hindi na ako magiging consistent," Estrada told reporters.
He is instead planning to deliver a privilege speech next week to address Cunanan's allegations.
He also challenged Cunanan to undergo a lie-detector test as he reiterated his willingness to be subjected to the same test, as well as a lifestyle check.
"Pati lie-detector test, game. Game na," Estrada told reporters.
"Kasama si Cunanan ha. Kahit ngayon."
Estrada added that all members of Congress should also undergo a lifestyle check.
"Kami lang naman ang tinuturo, kami lang ang idinidiin. Hindi ko alam kung bakit kami lang ang idinidiin. Ang dami-daming allegedly involved d'yan sa sinasabi nilang scam. Bakit kami lang? 'Yung mga congressman, bakit hindi nila i-lifestyle check, 'yung mga binanggit sa COA report, ang dami noon," he said.
Meantime, Senator Juan Ponce Enrile is also willing to undergo a lifestyle check.
"Yes (open ako), matagal na. I have always been open to a check," Enrile told reporters, adding that everyone else should also do the same.
"Lahat, lahat. Ako, hindi nagbibiyahe. Marami d'yan nagbibiyahe, halos buwan-buwan," he said.
"I do not go to plush hotels when I go the province. I sleep in an army cot."
Senator Francis Escudero said he supports a call for a lifestyle check, saying all public officials should be subjected to rigorous standards.
"Matagal na ako sumasang-ayon doon, kasabay ng pag-file namin ng SALN. Palagi kami nasa-submit ng waiver ng secrecy of bank deposits, tulad ng pinangako at sinabi ko noong kinonvict namin si Corona-na 'yung pamantayan, 'yung panukat na ginamit namin para i-convict siya dapat mag-apply din sa bawat opisyal at kaming mga senador na bumoto para i-convict siya, dapat 'yun din ang pamantayan na gamitin para sa mga sarili namin," Escudero told reporters.