MANILA - Senator Jinggoy Estrada has asked the Senate to subpoena whistleblower Benhur Luy's records submitted to the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
Taking the Senate floor on Monday, Estrada said he wants the Luy records with the newspaper "so that we can compare if they are true, if the documents are authenticated."
The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee earlier subpoenaed the Luy files in the care of the Department of Justice.
PDI ran a series of reports that showed how the pork barrel scam was perpetrated by several legislators, government agencies, and private individuals including Janet Napoles.
The reports were based on the accounting records of Luy, copies of which were given to the newspaper via the whistleblowers’ parents.
Luy’s camp washed their hands of the newspaper reports, saying the whistleblower could not authenticate the documents. PDI later reported Luy confirmed their stories.
Estrada blasted the Senate committee for zeroing in on him and his two other colleagues, Senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Bong Revilla.
He said the committee focused on the nongovernment organizations with links only to businesswoman Janet Napoles.
The Commission on Audit earlier came out with a report naming several organizations possibly involved in the scam. Napoles’ NGOs numbered only a few of the 80 NGOs.