Jinggoy: Blue Ribbon hearings a 'circus,' won't answer raps

By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 20 2014 03:53 PM | Updated as of Mar 20 2014 11:53 PM

MANILA - Senator Jinggoy Estrada won't submit his comment to the Senate Blue Ribbon committee which has been conducting a probe on the pork barrel scam.
"What for? E ginawa na nilang circus ang hearings ng blue ribbon committee? I do not want to be part of it," he told reporters. "Hindi na. Sa akin, it’s a zarzuela of sort."
He said he would not be bothered by the committee report, saying that that the "real battle" is in the courts.
"Was it fair when they conducted hearings before? Was it fair when the chairman of the blue ribbon committee already made a conclusion? Was it fair for other senators to use it as forum at our own expense? You be the judge," he said.
"That hearing was supposed to be in aid of legislation. But what has happened it was already in aid for 2016 elections."

Estrada is one of 38 people facing plunder, bribery and malversation raps before the Office of the Ombudsman for alleged misuse of lawmakers' priority development assistance funds.

He is accused of pocketing P183,793,750 in kickbacks after funneling his PDAF to non-government organizations set up by alleged pork scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles.

Meanwhile, Estrada said he is not worried if the Senate Blue Ribbon committee decides to invite former National Agribusiness Corporation (NABCOR) officials Rhodora Mendoza and Victor Roman Cacal.

Estrada said he does not know them. “Bring it on,” he said.