Jinggoy calls for change to blue ribbon leadership
MANILA - Detained Sen. Jinggoy Estrada twitted Senator Teofisto Guingona III’s ranking in the latest Pulse Asia survey on the senatorial preferences of respondents, which showed Guingona dropping out of the Senate top 12 if elections were held today.
In a statement, Estrada said Guingona’s "dismal ranking outside of the top 12 in the recent Pulse Asia survey is indicative of the public’s disgust over his mishandling of the PDAF controversy before the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee."
Guingona placed 16th to 24th in the survey released on Monday.
Newbies such as Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos and Sarangani Rep. and boxing icon Manny Pacquiao placed higher.
Guingona was elected senator in 2010 and is eligible for re-election in 2016.
Estrada, who is detained for alleged economic plunder of taxpayers’ money, said the Blue Ribbon committee under Guingona’s leadership has become a tool to persecute and tear down the reputation of those in the opposition.
He called for a change in the leadership of one of the most important committees in the Senate.
“The partiality and neglect of the incumbent chairman of the Senate Blue Ribbon panel over significant issues before it necessitate a change in the committee leadership. I believe that under Sen. Guingona, no productive, meaningful output can be expected; only mud-slinging and selective justice,” he said.
Estrada, who also placed low in the vice presidential bets, noted Guingona continues to protect allies even if they have already been linked to other scams.
“No wonder Sen. Guingona is the highest pointer and apparently most valuable player with respect to DAP funds,” he said.
He added Guingona has not even called for a hearing on the Malampaya fund scam.
“More than a year has passed (since the scam was reported in July 2013 and since a resolution calling for an inquiry was filed last September 2013) but no action was ever done about it. The issue becomes timelier as proposals have been raised about the possibility of using the Malampaya Fund to avert a possible power crisis next year,” he said.