MANILA - Former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada believes his son, Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, has already readied himself for the possibility of going to jail after being linked to the pork barrel scam.
Speaking to radio DZMM, Estrada said he knows his son is ready to defend himself from charges that he pocketed millions of pesos in priority development assistance funds (PDAF) through the Napoles scam.
"Hindi ako naaapektuhan. I know he can defend himself," the Manila mayor said.
"Mahirap sa Senado puro publicity. Kailangan mailagay sa Ombudsman yan at maumpisahan na ang mga hearing sa korte," he added.
He said Jinggoy's situation is the same one he faced when he was accused of plunder by the Arroyo administration. Estrada was convicted by the Sandiganbayan in 2007 but was later pardoned by President Arroyo.
Asked if Jinggoy has already readied himself for the possibility of jail, he said: "Palagay ko handa na sila."
Senator Estrada earlier denied allegations that he misused his pork barrel allocations and transferred funds using bogus NGOs associated with Janet Napoles.
He lambasted what he described as "selective justice" in efforts to implicate him and two other colleagues while sparing others who were found to have channeled funds to Napoles-linked NGOs.
"I did not steal a single centavo from public funds or from my PDAF. I did not conspire with anyone nor took undue advantage of my position to enrich myself or my family using public funds," he said.
Estrada said he has the constitutional right to be presumed innocent until proven otherwise, adding that he is ready to defend himself in the courts.
He also pointed out that the Aquino administration is "hell-bent on jailing" the three indicted senators.
"Makikita mo na talagang they're really hell-bent on jailing the three senators. Pagka kami, tatlong senador ang nababanggit, masyadong credible ang istorya ni Janet Napoles, ni Benhur Luy, ng listahan. Pero pagka-iba ang involved, lalo na ang kaalyado ng administrasyon, napaka-incredible naman, di ba?" Estrada said.
"Diyan mo makikita na talagang namimili o selective justice na talagang tatlo lang kami pinupuntirya. Ako, wala na akong kalaban-laban pagka pinagkaisahan ka, pagka pinagtulungan ka, wala na akong other recourse. My only recourse is to slug it out, fight it out before the proper courts,” he said.