MANILA - Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto III asked his colleagues to form an independent committee to probe the allegations of his ally Senator Jinggoy Estrada on Wednesday.
Sotto said the Senate should consider creating an independent committee to look into the controversies raised by Estrada, including the alleged selective report of the Commission on Audit (COA) on the PDAF scam, and the alleged P50 million incentive given to each legislator who voted to oust Chief Justice Renato Corona.
He suggested the names of former Chief Justice Reynato Corona, Nini Quezon Avanceña and former Senator Rene Saguisag as members of the committee.
He said that if this is not possible, they should convene as a committee of the whole.
Sotto made this suggestion after agreeing with Estrada that the COA has been selective in auditing the disbursements of a few legislators while shielding the allies of President Benigno Aquino III.
He questioned the COA for not naming “unspecified legislators” in its special audit supposedly involved in questionable infrastructure projects worth almost P70 billion.
“As you lawyers say, the false in one is the false in all. We have to scrutinize more closely…how the reports are done,” he said.
Estrada, who took the floor for more than an hour, blasted COA chief Grace Pulido Tan for allegedly being selective in its PDAF audit and in what she discloses to the media.
“Chairman [Pulido-Tan], gumising ka na. Mukhang na-je-jetlag ka sa kaka-travel,” he said.
He said Pulido-Tan keeps forgetting that the special audit her agency has done is incomplete.
Estrada said “selective justice is injustice.”