Yesterday afternoon, Senator Jinggoy Estrada gave a privilege speech and in his speech, he mentioned that some of his colleagues are using the pork barrel issue for a political agenda.
“It is unfortunate that some senators have been using the Senate blue ribbon committee hearing on the PDAF to advance their own political agenda,” Estrada said in his privilege speech on Wednesday.
At first Estrada didn’t give out names, but since Cayetano earlier issued a press statement, asking for organizing a special court on all “pork” cases.
Cayetano quickly took the floor to demand explanation, however, estrada asked for a 5 minute break before answering questions.
When the session began again, Cayetano cleared that this is not about him and Estrada and definitely not about 2016, but the image of the institution. He asked Estrrada if they treated him differently from how he (Estrada) treated the witnesses in the committees when he was the one asking. Cayetano gave examples of cases of some militatry officials particularly the late Defense Secretary Angelo Reyes who then testified regarding the alleged unevenness in the military.
Estrada said he never disrespected Reyes and the other generals. He claimed that several of his colleagues have been “grandstanding” at his expense together with other senators who are being dragged to the PDAF scam.
He added that he has been very good and vowed that when he became a senator, he will maintain a good relationship to all his peers even those who betrayed his father, referring to former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada.
But Cayetano said he will fight corruption no matter what even if a colleague or friend is involved. He will always perform his sworn duty to represent the interest of the Filipino people.
“Now in the Senate, my stand remains the same even if my colleagues or dear friends are involved,” he said.
“I am not ashamed because I’m doing the right thing. Those who are doing wrong are the ones who should be ashamed,” Cayetano said in Filipino.
“The Senate has been damaged by this controversy. It is time that we prove to the Filipino people that we are capable of rising from this cloud of doubt,” Cayetano added.