MANILA - Seven barangay captains on Monday denied receiving kits for a small manicure-pedicure business from the "pork barrel fund of former Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, despite appearing on a list of beneficiaries.
Estrada is accused of pocketing P183.793 million from his Priority Development Assistance Fund by allotting them to ghost projects of businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles.
These include the supposed mani-pedi kits for the town of Rosales, Pangasinan. The 7 village leaders testified on Monday that no livelihood kit was distributed in their town in 2010, when Estrada was still a senator.
The 7 village leaders were identified as Ronnie Dacaymat, Conrado Casareno, Isidro Metro, Rodolfo Barcelona, Remelita Bergantinos, Faustino Romano and Diego Dionisio.
At one point, Estrada's lawyer, Paul Arias, asked Casareno if he could recall the names of all 1,000 residents of his village, to which the latter replied that he couldn't.
The lawyer also asked Dionisio if he has photographic memory. The village leader replied, "Matanda na po ako, no sir (I'm old, sir)."
Report from Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News