MANILA - Detained Senator Jinggoy Estrada said he is not surprised anymore that Senator Teofisto Guingona III, the head of the blue ribbon committee, is not keen on continuing the pork barrel probe anytime soon.
In a statement, Estrada said: “The public can’t help but conclude that the chairman is not after the truth or justice, only cheap publicity.”
He said Guingona has a habit of initiating inquiries and then abandoning the same without a definite conclusion.
Besides the pork barrel probe, Guingona also ditched responsibility over the investigation on the sex-for-flight modus perpetrated against overseas Filipino workers, Estrada said.
“If the panel is truly interested in arriving at the truth and instituting lasting reforms, it will continue to hold hearings anytime, get to the bottom of the issue and investigate even its own allies and party mates,” he said.
Estrada earlier criticized the Senate blue ribbon committee investigation on the alleged P10 billion pork barrel scam linked to businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles.
Witnesses earlier testified Napoles gave as much as 50 percent in kickbacks for every allocation coursed through Napoles NGOs.
The Senate blue ribbon committee later recommended the filing of charges against Estrada, Senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. for allegedly benefiting from the scam.
In his statement, Estrada said the investigation accomplished its "goal" of putting him and two fellow opposition senators in detention.
“Otherwise, it will throw every conceivable excuse – budget deliberation, schedule conflicts, gathering of more information, etc. – to justify its negligent inaction,” Estrada noted.