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.