MANILA - Senator Jinggoy Estrada disclosed that he visited and dined at the house of Ruby Tuason in Dasmariñas Village during the campaign season last year and that he was accompanied by a fellow senator who was running at that time.
Estrada declined to name the senator, saying there was nothing wrong with the dinner.
"Let’s not drag her or him to issue… We were invited to a dinner, tatatlo lang kami," Estrada said.
"There is nothing wrong if we had dinner. Wala namang masama roon. Hindi naman porke nakipag-dinner e may dealings na. Hindi naman ganoon."
He only gave clues: the senator is a neophyte and a member of the majority bloc.
"Hindi siya senator dati, ngayon senator na," Estrada said.
Estrada said the senator actively participated in the hearings on the pork barrel scam but did not show any biases during the hearings.
He said he would not know if Tuason contributed to the campaign of the then candidate.
Estrada said he was invited by Tuason for a dinner since he was not able to attend the blessing of the house.
Tuason served as social secretary during the presidency of Senator Jinggoy’s father, Joseph Estrada.
“Pinakita lang niya ang mala-mansyon niyang bahay,” he said, adding that Kobe steak was served and that a waiter provided service.
Estrada stood by his allegation that Tuason’s house was bought using kickbacks from the Malampaya fund scam. He disputed a claim of Tuason's lawyer that the house was bought using proceeds from her husband’s insurance.
"That house is more than 100 million, more than even 200 million. Even the furniture, first class. May swimming pool. I've been there. Kita mo kung gaano kalaki ang bahay ni Mrs. Tuason sa Dasmariñas,” Estrada said.