Jinggoy: 'Usec Daniel Smith' coaching 'pork scam' witnesses

by Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 13 2014 06:48 PM | Updated as of Mar 14 2014 06:08 AM

MANILA - Senator Jinggoy Estrada won't reveal his source who supposedly said that a justice undersecretary coached witnesses in the pork barrel scam to pin him down, as well as senators Bong Revilla and Juan Ponce Enrile.

He also did not name the undersecretary when asked, but referred to him as "Usec Daniel Smith" and "kalaban ni Nicole."

Justice Undersecretary Jose Justiniano lawyered for Daniel Smith in the rape case filed by “Nicole”.

"Halatang-halata naman e. Basta I stand by what I said: There is an undersecretary of the DOJ who was talking to the witnesses and instructing them to focus only on the three. I will not name my source. Why should I name my source?"

"Unang una, siguro meron siyang instructions galing sa mas nakakataas sa kanya. Pangalawa, sinabi niya doon sa mga witnesses - kasi gusto pa ng witness magsalita pa ng ibang pangalan - ngunit sabi nitong usec na ito, hindi makakasira pa, lalong gugulo, itong tatlo lang.”

Video tapes don’t lie

Estrada stood by his statement that the CCTV footage at the Senate did not prove that money was delivered to him even if Ruby Tuason was seen carrying a handbag. He pointed out that a video showed Senate security inspecting Tuason's bag.

The security would have questioned her if she was carrying a bit amount of cash. "Palusot na lang niya 'yan," Estrada said, reacting to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima's counter to his privilege speech.

"Palusot na lang niya 'yan. Siguro naman the video tapes will not lie. Meron pa nga siyang video doon na iniinspeksyon ng security ng Office of the Sergeant-at-Arms. Kung talagang may pera 'yun e di kinuwestyon siya kung bakit ang laki-laki ng dala niya. Kung isang milyon yun e dapat kinuwestyon siya ng gwardiya."

Stray cats

He also urged the Department of Justice to "rethink" its decision in taking in Tuason and Dennis Cunanan as government witnesses. He called the two "stray cats."

He said taking them in only means that the government has a weak case, contrary to de Lima's public statement that there is an "airtight" case against the perpetrators.

"They have to rethink their position kung talagang kukunin nilang witness itong dalawa kasi sinabi na ni Secretary de Lima noong September 16 noong finile nila ang kaso sa Ombudsman, we have an airtight case against the legislators especially the three senators.
Bakit ngayon, kuha pa sila nang kuha ng stray cats? Kuha pa sila ng kuha ng testigo laban sa amin. E di ibig sabihin mahina ang kaso nila. “

Also addressing Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, Estrada maintained he is innocent and that his conscience is clean.

"Ano pa bang gusto niyang denial? Sinabi ko na sa kanila, sa taumbayan, wala akong kasalanan, malinis ang aking konsensya. Papatunayan ko ang aking innocence sa tamang pagkakataon at sa tamanag lugar, ibig sabihin sa husgado."