Guingona assures ‘fair’ trial
MANILA - Senator Teofisto “TG” Guingona III promised a “fair” trial tomorrow, saying he and his colleagues will also question the motive of Technology Resource Center (TRC) Director General on leave Dennis Cunanan in coming out in the pork scam.
Cunanan has already confirmed his attendance in the pork barrel scam hearing.
Also invited to tomorrow’s inquiry are Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and whistleblower Benhur Luy.
“We can assure you na ang lahat ng gagawin natin ay patas at may basehan,” Guingona said.
Guingona vowed an exhaustive inquiry that will also look into the motives of Cunanan in coming out as witness against alleged perpetrators of the pork barrel
Guingona said Senator Grace Poe has already requested for copies of Cunanan’s statements of assets, liabilities, and net worth (SALN).
JINGGOY TO DROP ‘AMMUNITION’ VS CUNANAN
No senator being tagged in the controversy would appear in the hearing however, according to Guingona.
Senator Jinggoy Estrada said he would just monitor the hearing and deliver a privilege speech next week to address Cunanan’s allegations.
Estrada called Cunanan a “liar” and reiterated that he never knew nor dealt with him.
“Bukas malalaman natin kung ano ang ite-testify ni Mr. Cunanan because I have never met that guy. I’ve never talked to him over the phone. Talagang sinungaling e. And I have received reports and information na talagang tatlo lang kami dapat idiin at wala nang iba,” Estrada told Senate reporters.
He said he will be turning the tables on Cunanan in his privilege speech.
“Kahit ngayon, gusto ko na mag-deliver e. I have all the ammunitions against him,” he said.
“Sabihin na niya ang lahat ng gusto niyang sabihin bukas. I’m not scared of him.”
NO BALIGOD, NO EFFECT
The hearing on Thursday will only focus on what Cunanan will have to say, Guingona said.
The committee is interested to find out whether Cunanan’s testimony would corroborate pork scam whistleblower Benhur Luy’s testimony.
“Para magkaroon ng pagkakatugma-tugma or kung mayroong paglilihis, doon natin malalaman,” Guingona said.
The senator believes that Luy’s dropping of Attorney Levito Baligod would not affect the proceedings.
“It does not matter,” he said.
“What’s important is what they say during the hearings. ‘Yung pagpili ng lawyer, karapatan ng kliyente ‘yan. Pwede niyang palitan ang lawyer niya anytime.”
Meantime, Guingona said that the committee may summon Senator Juan Ponce Enrile’s former chief of staff, Gigi Reyes -- only if law enforcers are able to find her.
“That’s up to the NBI since sila ‘yung investigative body ng government,” he said. “If they find her, then we will summon them.”
The inquiry, he said, may result in a measure that would propose the regulation of NGOs that deal with government.
“…Sapagkat walang tunay na monitoring, accreditation ng mga NGOs that deal with the government. So we have to establish a body that will be in charge of accrediting them and monitoring them so that what happened now will not happen again.”