Jinggoy Estrada drops bombs on the PDAF issue in privilege speech!

“If we live, we live like kings.
If we die, we take a great many with us.
That is Sing Wah.”

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P50M additional was given to senators who would convict then Chief Justice Renato Corona. This was stated by Senator Jinggoy Estrada in a recent privilege speech. He further added that that “was provided in a private and confidential letter memorandum of the then chairman of the Senate finance committee.”320_ZZZ_112012_jinggoy_estrada

The then chairman of that committee was Senator Franklin Drilon.

In the same speech, Estrada also had words for the Commission on Audit (COA), his fellow senators, the House of Representatives, and the media.

“Why the propensity for selective reporting? Why are some pieces of information released while others are kept?”, Estrada had to say about the COA’s supposedly incomplete report. The chairman of the COA is Grace Pulido-Tan.

Estrada used the word “hypocrite” to refer to his colleagues who didn’t seem to wonder why administration allies weren’t taking as much flak as he and others were, with regards to the pork barrel issue. He further went on and questioned why known allies such as Congressman Neptali Gonzales III, who supposedly had his own questionable uses of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel, according to the COA report, were apparently not being highlighted as much as he or other lawmakers belonging to the opposition, like Juan Ponce Enrile or Bong Revilla have been. He also criticized fellow senator Teofisto Guingona III for putting repeated emphasis on his name during the Senate investigations.

Estrada also took to task the media for “there being a serialized and obvious concerted effort to demonize him along with other members in the Chamber.”

A copy of the full privilege speech is here.

Looks like Jinggoy is finally learning what it feels like to be on the side opposite of the sitting president. He is realizing only now that daang matuwid isn’t so straight when you’re not in the same political party as Benigno Simeon Aquino III (BS Aquino). Big deal; critics of the administration have known this for years.

With regards to his pronouncement regarding the additional P50M, a question needs to be asked: what was he doing sitting idly by while Corona was being hammered and subjected to such indignity?

Do Jinggoy’s pronouncements in his speech make his involvement in the pork barrel issue, if any, less severe? Do his statements absolve him of the charges of misuse of public funds that he faces? They shouldn’t. Remember that just last month, Jinggoy was quoted as saying that “it is not up to the senators to decide whether an NGO is bogus or not.” In other words, he couldn’t care less where his pork, which is still public money no matter how you look at it, goes.

All this laglagan and bistuhan (Filipino terms for people outing each other’s dirty laundry) only really serves to reinforce the fact that PDAF is really a political tool more than anything. The Executive branch wants its way from the Legislature, who is supposed to be a co-equal branch of government? Show them the money and dangle it as a prize!

Malacañang, for its part, doesn’t seem too alarmed. It “respects” Estrada’s “desire to voice his opinions concerning the issues he raised in his privilege speech.”

According to presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda, “What is important at this point are the ongoing investigations (on the pork barrel scam) and that it is the evidence that will determine where accountability lies.”

In other words, dig up more evidence on non-allies, and keep your political friends safe. Like it’s always been done. Everybody is guilty except us. Life goes on in the pigsty called the Philippines.

Or maybe Malacañang will come to “amicable arrangements” just to keep their names from being dragged further into the pork barrel mess. Either way, the Palace can no longer ignore that they have been complicit to the PDAF issue’s being persistent.

As always, stay tuned for the next episode in this “only in the Philippines” political thriller/telenovela…

[Photo courtesy: GMA 7 ]


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Thomas Jefferson

50 million pesos for each of the senators seen impeaching then Chief Justice Corona is a lot of bribe money. Only three senators with a conscience decided to acquit. So it is true… the defense lawyers saw what was coming. Foul!


“Do Jinggoy’s pronouncements…” tama ba yung Egnlish? Di ba dapat “Does Jinggoy’s pronouncements…”?


I thought B.S. Aquino wants the same thing as those who marched in Luneta that holiday Monday ? What a spineless toad.

Jinggoy did not deny in his priviledge speech that he allocated multimillion of his PDAF to the Napoles NGOs. He did not deny that he earned kickbacks by doing so. He did not deny that he knew Napoles. He tried to distract the people by diverting the issue of his PDAF misuse to other lawmakers’ alleged misuse of their PDAF, and the motive of the COA in focusing on the 3 Senators in their special audit report. In short, he did not deny that he is guilty of plundering taxpayers’ money by misusing his PDAF through the Napoles NGOs. Mabulok… Read more »

Bitter, bitter medicine…Karma’s a biatch…

michaella de villa

Stupid individuals will always be stupid no matter how they try.Nice one Jinggoy but again just like the stupid Lani Mercado, you are just a stupid senator trying to look like not one. Why not answer the accusations. Maybe best to find whistle blower too to defend you. you stupid, thief senator!


I just noticed one crucial thing; the leftist NGO’s, including those leftists from the congress and other seats of power do not seem to be as “involved” in this “bistaduhan” shit-flinging drama of the pork, compared to the rest. Is this because the rest fear the NPA? I for one think that shit’s about to get real once this issue gets the left involved. Everyone must be ready when all of this goes down, haha.


Haha, so basically he’s having trouble defending himself, so he’s diverting the attention away from him (them).

In as much as that move is kinda a form of douchebaggery, I guess he does have a point: Why not go for the others as well?

It doesn’t make him less guilty, though… just makes you think about whether this process is being “selective” or not.

I read the speech (had a headache as it was all in CAPS!! so only read some of the parts but got the gist of it) MAGNANAKAW SILANG LAHAT…”the rotten fruits does not fall far from the tree” (I say rotten)! I hope with all the revelations, this will really awaken and shake the Filipinos – we all need to be very angry and demand all these people to be removed!!! The misery that our country is already in is really depressing. And in the next election, every name of every politician involved in all these scams will be posted… Read more »
Joey Armada

He’s threatening, if he goes down, he’ll take a lot with him….eventually, whitewash! Or fall guy….


I recall Toby Tiangco dropped these bombs during the Corona Impeachment. That Congressmen were receiving bribes to vote for it. Not surprising, this is old news… PDAF’s been used for corruption for decades. Thing is, some people out there seem to remain asleep, not believing this.


Senator Drilon was on the right track a few weeks ago when he said that without PDAF Funds to distribute, Congress should just be dissolved.
Estrada’s speech today drove the point that many more (if not all) Legislators were involved, so if he goes down, he’s willing to take others with him.
Seems we’re on the right track here. Hang ’em all and let GOD judge them later.


And you still believe a plunderer senator? Wala nang naniniwala dyan.

Didn’t Corona’s lawyers announce that 50M bribery attempt in a press conference (hoping perhaps that the people will be outraged and will again take to the streets, just like what happened in the Estrada impeachment)? And weren’t they castigated by the senators themselves, Jinggoy among them, who said that they put the Senate Impeachment Court’s “integrity” in question by holding that press conference? I remember the lawyers explained that they only said that a bribery attempt was made, not that the senators accepted the bribe. Turns out it was all true. The temerity of Jinggoy to say what he did… Read more »

Won’t the senators who accepted the 50M bribe be guilty of plunder, too? Hala! Senator criminals on parade! Sabagay, we’ve always known that these lawmakers are crooks, but it’s only now that we’re hearing the facts straight from the crooks’ sordid mouths….

Hyden Toro

Pa-utot ni Jingoy Estrada. Lokohin mo ang betlog mo, idiot…


Huh. Bilis namang maglaglagan. Saya nito ah. Subaybayan na!


Everybody has their commentaries…why “Natameme” si Pnoy? Please ask Drilon where the “Pabuya” of 50 million came from?


A GUILTY MAN, sounding even MORE GUILTY.

String them all up, gve them a noose and let it loose!

THESE POS ARE NOW DESPERATE, and are turning on each other and pointing the finger at all but themselves.

BUT REMEMBER: When you point your finger at someone else ya got three more fingers pointing back at you, ya POS. Estrada, the name is just as guilty as it gets in the cespool that is Fail-ippine politics!


I wonder why the businessmen are curiously quiet through all these? Could it be because they don’t want to change the status quo as it’s said that the Philippine economy is improving (thanks to Arroyo and not Aquino, some economists say)? If this is true, then it just proves one thing I’ve heard about many businessmen, that they can only think about their own bank accounts when the going gets tough, never mind the millions of people who are suffering and the fact that things are not what they’re supposed to be….