‘I didn’t steal anything’

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Sen. Jose ‘Jinggoy’ Estrada

Sen. Jose ‘Jinggoy’ Estrada

SEN. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada has no plans of going on leave even if the Office of the Ombudsman has recommended the filing of plunder and other criminal charges against him, two other senators and several personalities linked to the pork barrel scam.

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Estrada, who is in the United States, maintained that he did not commit any wrongdoing that would require him to abandon his job as a lawmaker.

“Bakit ako magli-leave of absence? Malinis ang aking konsensya. Wala akong kasalanan. Wala akong ninakaw sa taumbayan [Why would I go on leave? My conscience is clear. I didn’t steal anything from the people],” he said in a television interview on Thursday.

Sen. Ramon ‘Bong” Revilla Jr., who, like Estrada, is also facing plunder charges, also insisted he is innocent.

The Ombudsman announced on Monday there is probable cause to indict Estrada, Revilla and Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile for plunder and graft for their involvement in the misuse of their Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel.

The lawmakers are accused of pouring part of their PDAF to non-government organizations (NGOs) owned by Janet Lim-Napoles.

Enrile is yet to issue any statement regarding the Ombudsman’s recommendation to file charges against him and his two colleagues before the Sandiganbayan.

The Ombudsman also recommended the filing of plunder and other criminal charges against Napoles, the alleged brains of the PDAF scam, and other government officials and personalities.

The Senate blue ribbon committee, which conducted a separate investigation of the pork barrel anomaly, also recommended the filing of charges against the three senators and their staff.

Estrada, however, insisted that the series of events that happened in relation to the pork barrel scam is part of a plan to destroy the opposition.

According to him, there is an effort to go after lawmakers identified with the opposition.

Estrada questioned Justice Secretary Leila de Lima’s supposed failure to file appropriate graft complaints against the third batch of individuals that were also implicated in either the PDAF or Malampaya fund scam.

“Ombudsman [Conchita Carpio] Morales earlier said it would take a year or so to review all the voluminous documents, but it only took the Ombudsman six months to come up with its recommendation and even timed the release with the Senate blue ribbon committee report on the pork barrel issue. So there is really a plan,” he noted.

The three senators, Napoles and the other personalities named in Ombudsman resolutions have until April 7 to file their motions for reconsideration.

Under the rules, the Ombudsman has 60 days to act on the motions of the senators and other respondents. If the Ombudsman denies the motions, it will then file a complaint before the Sandiganbayan.

At this point, the respondents have the option to go to the Court of Appeals (CA) or the Supreme Court (SC) and ask for a temporary restraining order.

Once denied, the Sandiganbayan can proceed with the raffle of the case to a division and the division will then issue the warrants of arrest against the senators and the other accused.

“It will be up to the Sandiganbayan. We will follow the orders of the court,” Estrada said when asked what he will do once the case is filed before the anti-graft court.

In a separate interview, Revilla said the sustained effort to implicate him and other senators to the PDAF scam is nothing but politics.

He added that he is ready to face the charges and clear his name.

“I’m prepared for anything they want to do to me. All I can say is that I have done no wrong nor do I have the capability of committing such illegal acts. To the people who are doing this to me, I will leave it to God,” Revilla said.
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Malacañang also on Thursday said it is still too early to say if Enrile can avoid jail time because of his old age.

Two Palace spokesmen—Secretary Edwin Lacierda and Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr.—explained that only the court can decide whether Enrile should go to jail.

“It’s premature to comment and inappropriate to speculate. Let’s allow the law to take its course,” Coloma said in a text message to The Manila Times.

“We will need to defer to the court’s discretion as this issue on detention may be brought up to the court for disposition,” Lacierda, a lawyer, said in a text message.

According to the two officials, President Benigno Aquino 3rd wants the conviction of all those involved in the pork barrel case.

On Wednesday, Coloma said they are confident that all the
accused will be arrested once the case has been elevated to the Sandiganbayan.

But retired Chief State Prosecutor Jovencito Zuno explained that unlike his “younger” co-accused, Enrile can enjoy “privileges” under the law. Enrile is 90 years old. He was born on February 14, 1924.

According to Zuno, the senator can escape jail because the Revised Penal Code allows mitigating circumstances to lower the penalty or punishment for indicted people who are 70 years old and above. Thus, if the verdict is life imprisonment, the penalty will be lowered by one degree. He said Enrile can ask to be detained in a hospital if he is sickly, or request that he be placed under the custody of the Senate President since he is a sitting senator.

If he is convicted, Enrile can also automatically appeal for presidential pardon because of his age.

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19 Comments

  1. Amelia Garcia on

    Jinggoy Estrada,,napaka sinungaling.wala day ninakaw. Artista talaga,,please pag maykaso na …please suspendido. na dapat sila,,kasi maykaso na sila,dapat alising na sa senado ,,gagamiting pa office nila mga privillages dapat alising nayong..kasi si senate president Drillon ka sigma Rho ni Enrile kaya dinidipensa niya,,,,please Sen Cayetano ,,,please suspendido na sila …

  2. Like Father like Son. The Apple did not fall far from the tree. Magaling sa Pagsisinungaling.Yan ang Artista.

  3. Sa ibang bansa like USA, Britain and Japan, masangkot lang ang mga government officials sa kahit anong iskandalo, nagreresign ng kusa. Sa Pilipinas naka superglue ang mga chairs ng mg corrupt officials in the likes of the 3 senators accused of plunders. Hayyyy. The nerve to shout out ” I’m innocent”, “I didn’t steal anything” and the worst and cliche is ” Politically motivated”. Dyos na mahabagin, let our justice system crucify those gov’t officials who had stolen the money intended for the poor people.

  4. Diyan mo makikita ang marunong at may pinagaralan. Dahil dito mo masusubukan kung paano gagamitin ang salitang pagnakaw; pagnanakaw, ninakaw, ninanakaw, nagnakaaw, nagnanakaw, dating magnanakaw o magnanakaw. Ika sabi ni ex-pres ng US..”It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is. If the–if he–if ‘is’ means is and never has been, that is not–that is one thing. If it means there is none, that was a completely true statement. Now, if someone had asked me on that day, that is asked question in the present tense, I would have said no. And it would have been completely true.” Another slick in the making with the Existential Willie Part II.

  5. Hindi na kayo naawa sa mga mahihirap na inagawan niyo ng kakainin sa araw araw.
    Sana mabulok kayong tatlo sa kulungan pag napatunayan na guilty kayo. Wala kayong mga puso.

  6. Kawawang Tanda Enrile, kung kelan pa sa twilight of his year doon pa nasira image or nahuli sa katarantaduhan, maybe he wants to show not only he is intellect but may pag ka Al Capone pa. Sayang ang popular memoir ! or baka naman it was meant to be ibasura or pang ewang. I have no clue! But it is only in the Philippines that we have a senior olyanin na who been in office for a almost a century !

  7. Sarce Dimsky on

    Why not call the three plus Napoles, the 4 Jacks? They all have J in their names. Johnny Enrile, Jinggoy, Junior Revilla and Janet. Janet the diamond as having control of the scam, Johnny the spade, Junior the heart and Jinggoy the clover. That would be fun!! The 4 JACKS. LOL.

  8. Wala akong kasalanan, biktima ako, wala akong alam, kahit huling-huli na sa cctv. In the Philippines walang umaamin ng kasalanan, mahirap man o mayaman pareho lang ang katwiran. Tama lang na pinoy lang tayo, sisiw na sana kung di kaliwat-kanan ang mga kawatan, nakakatakot.

  9. Lord Chimera on

    Please, you did stole SOMETHING. Of course the problem you’re facing Jinggoy is that you no longer a friend of BSA and your are not getting the protection he extends to his friends…

  10. Allen llamar on

    I always hear this word ” wala akong kasalanan pag nahuling criminal or magnanakaw”, ombudsman prove them guilty and lock them up, but by the way how Noynoy friends are not being sued…hmmm something is fishy.

  11. apolonio reyes on

    Ngayon lingo lang, meron nahuling kasama ng ” Martilyo Gang ” sa SM MOA at sinabi nya na ” LOOK OUT LANG AKO AT WALA AKONG KASALANAN”. Nagkaroon ng nakawan sa isang Bahay Sanglaan sa Caloocan City at naplakahan yuon ginamit taxi sa pag escapo ng mga magnanakaw. Hinuli yuon driver ng taxi at sinabi nya ” WALA AKONG KASALANAN AT NI RENTAHAN LANG NG MGA MAGNANAKAW YUON TAXI KO”. Nakakulong yuon dalawang “Holduppers” at pagkat summer ngayon ay naghihimas ng mainit na rehas, ika nga, yuon dalawa sa City Jail.
    Di ba ganito din ang katwiran nila ” Sexy at Pogi ” ng kinasuhan sila ng PLUNDER ng OMBUDSMAN. Sabi ng dalawa ” WALA AKONG KASALANAN, NI ISANG SINGKONG DULING AY WALA AKONG NINAKAW SA BAYAN “. DI BA PAREHO LANG ANG KATUWIRAN NILA NUON DALAWANG NA HABLA NG PAGNANAKAW? DI BA DAPAT LANG PINAGHIHIMAS DIN SILA POGI AT SEXY NG REHAS NA MAINIT HABANG NILILITIS SILA SA SANDIGAN BAYAN?
    Mabuti pa itong si TANDA NA ULYANI NA AT ANG KANYANG DEPENSA AY “I SEE NOTHING, I HEAR NOTHING, I READ NOTHING, I KNOW NOTHING, I SAY NOTHING, AKO AY PIPI NA NGAYON”. KUHA NYO?
    DI DAW SYA PWEDENG MAKULONG SABI NG ISANG LAW EXPERT PAGKA’T 90 YEARS OLD NA SYA PERO SINALUNGAT ITO NI SEN. MIRRIAM SANTIOAGO. SA MARAMING TAO KATULAD KO AY DAPAT PAHIMASIN DIN SYA NG MAINIT NA REHAS KAHIT NA KUNTING PANAHON AT DALHIN SA HOME FOR THE AGED KUNG SAAN AY PAKANIN NG GALUNGONG (GIGI) ARAW-ARAW PARA NAMAN LUMAKAS.DI BA?
    MERON BA TAYO HOME FOR THE AGED PARA KAY TANDA, TANONG LANG BNP?

  12. Sabi ng dalawang stooges: malinis ang akong konsensya, wala akong kasalanan. Ganon ganon lang ba yon tapos libre na…LOL

  13. Yes only the court can decide on the case of Enrile’s age. Only the court will decide with the permission of the occupant in malacanang.

  14. I just hope the court will exercise its independence in rendering a just decision and the 3 senators must be proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt. There must be solid, material evidence of “kickbacks” and plain, oral testimonies from whistle blowers cannot be accepted as evidence. Filipinos do not want to see a court run and suppervise by the Executive branch with so much alienation just like what illegitimate ruler Gloria Arroyo did to President Joseph Ejercito. Those senators who received P100 million “incentive” from this administration should be investigated/prosecuted by decent, patriotic lawyers following the removal of SC, CJ Renato Corona. Sandiganbayan judges must not be subservient to the Executive Branch and must do and render verdict according to what is embodied in the Philippine Constitution. Justices of the SC, be yourself and you do not owe anybody particularly the President who appointed you. You were appointed base on your ability, record of service, decency and integrity to serve the country.