Jinggoy denies link to Napoles extortion attempt

By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 05 2014 04:52 PM | Updated as of Jun 06 2014 12:52 AM

Former PSG head linked to extortion

MANILA - Senator Jinggoy Estrada insists that he does not know the contents of the letter of Janet Napoles to President Aquino.

This is after Aquino told the media that Estrada should be asked about Napoles' allegation in her letter that lawyer Levito Baligod and retired General Rodolfo Diaz allegedly attempted to extort money from Napoles.

Aquino had pointed out that Diaz was head of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) during the time of former President Joseph Estrada.

While confirming that Diaz was head of the PSG during the time of his father, Senator Estrada said his family has no contact with Diaz and that the Estradas should not be linked to the alleged extortion.

"There is no basis for my family to be linked doon sa extortion kay Napoles," Estrada said.

"Bakit sa akin? Nanghihingi lang ako ng sulat e. Ba't ako na ang malilink ng dyan? I just wanted to know what was the action of the President. What was the instruction of the President to Secretary de Lima, 'yun lang naman. Bakit na binabalik sa akin e malay ko naman diyan?" he added.

Estrada said that the President should have ordered an investigation right away when he received the letter.

"I confirm that 'yung sinasabi ni Presidente na si General Rodolfo Diaz was the former head of the PSG during the time of my father. Sana kung siya ang talagang nangha-harass kay Napoles, sana antimano inimbestigahan kaagad si General Diaz kung totoo yung sinasabi ni Mrs. Napoles. They should have investigated him right away. Because you will not tolerate any misdeeds of our people," he said.

During a confirmation hearing yesterday, Estrada asked Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to furnish him a copy of Napoles' letter to Aquino, saying that he wants to know the contents of the marginal note on the letter and the President's action on the matter.

Estrada said today that the letter would have no bearing on the confirmation of de Lima, saying that he does not intend to block her appointment.