MANILA - Presidential Communications Strategic Planning and Development Office Secretary Ricky Carandang denied Thursday Senator Jinggoy Estrada's allegations that some P50 million in pork barrel funds were released to senators who voted to oust then Chief Justice Renato Corona.
Carandang said that during the time of the impeachment, priority development assistance fund releases were withheld to avoid any misconceptions. PDAF releases were only resumed months after the impeachment and to all senators.
Carandang invited the media and the public to check the records. He also said the release of the Commission on audit report has not been selective since everything has been posted on the COA website.
"You don't have to take our word for it. There's a public record you can check for yourselves."
Carandang said Malacañang respects Estrada's opinion but pointed out that what's important is the investigations continue and everyone will get a day in court.
For his part, Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco refused to confirm or deny if there were pork barrel releases during the Corona impeachment. He said he never signed the impeachment complaint against Corona so he would not know.
Tianggco refused to comment when asked if he heard any rumors.
Carandang, meantime, said that the filing of tax evasion charges against Janet Lim Napoles is proof there is no special treatment.
He said Napoles already faces charges of serious illegal detention and there is a pending complaint related to the priority development assistance fund scam.