Poe seeks lifestyle check for pork-linked senators

3

SENATORS implicated in the pork barrel fund scam should submit themselves to a lifestyle check if they are really innocent, Sen. Grace Poe said on Thursday.

Poe made the challenge following the pronouncement of former Technology Resource Center (TRC) general manager Dennis Cunanan, that he is willing to undergo a lifestyle check and open his bank records to prove that he did not receive any kickbacks from the lawmakers’ Priority Development Assistance Fund.

“I cautiously welcome his (Cunanan) voluntary submission to a lifestyle check and allowing his bank accounts to be examined. Bank accounts are only a piece of the puzzle on the wealth and assets of an individual,” Poe said.

The senator noted that the state needs witnesses like Cunanan who has direct knowledge of those allegedly involved.


She said by voluntarily submitting to a lifestyle check, all those allegedly involved in the scam, including the senators, could clear their names.

“I would like to hear Cunanan’s statement in the hearing so I can be objective about it. I am not out to discredit him. I just want to make sure we the people don’t get the raw end of the bargain,” she added.

Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada however belittled Cunanan’s offer to open his bank records, saying it is not enough basis to prove that he did not benefit from the scam.

Estrada, who is Poe’s godbrother, also suspects that the former TRC official is being used by people who wanted to pin him and Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla down.

“These are all foolishness. It is game fixing,” Estrada said referring to the decision of the Department of Justice to consider Cunanan as witness.

He added that the reason why Cunanan is willing to open his bank records is because it has already been sanitized.

Share.
.
Loading...

Please follow our commenting guidelines.

3 Comments

  1. Surely when anyone is linked to a scam involving large ammounts of money & the evidence is there, even in small quantities the next thing to do is to check out their lifestyle. To me thats a very simple thing to do, my god they did that in america to catch al capone,. They couldnt get him on any of the crimes he was committing as people were to scared to testify but they got on on tax avoidance. To get that you have to see they have money & you do that by a lifestyle check. Now you need to 1st get rid of this bank secrecy law as think about it why is it there. Its there for one reason only for scum to hide ill gotten money. The powers that be made that law to protect themselves & their cohorts in being able to legaly hide ill gotten wealth. These scum are still using this today, If its above a certain ammount the government have a right to know about it & where it came from, if its legal that is ok they wont say & or do anything as its legal but if it isnt then you have to explain it & if its legal its easy to explain it.

  2. TAMA SENATORGRACE POE, HINDI LANG YUON MGA SENATONGS AT TONGRESSMEN NA TUMAGAP NG PDAF KUNDI PATI YUON MGA TUMAGAP NG DAP REWARDS (SUHOL) ANG TIGNAN ANG “LIFESTYLE” , KUNDI PAPIRMAHIN LAHAT NG WAIVER UPANG BUKSAN ANG MGA BANK ACCOUNT NILA GAYA NI CUNANAN, DI BA MADAM SENATOR?

  3. I dont get how the system works in the Philippines. Here in the U.S. it doesn’t matter who you are if the gov’t or the district attorney filed a case against any individual, the police can basically put you in jail until such a time you are granted bail. These senators should have been jailed already if they are here in the U.S.