Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Jinggoy said P50M additional funds was given to senators who voted to convict former Chief Justice Corona

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Senator Jinggoy Estrada on Thursday said in a privilage speach that additional P50-million funds were given to senators who voted to convict former Chief Justice Renato Corona.

Estrada said the allocation was "provided in a private and confidential letter" from current Senate President Franklin Drilon, who was Senate finance committee chairperson at the time.

Former Chief Justice Corona was convicted by the Senate impeachment court on May 29, 2012 for betrayal of public trust and culpable violation of the Philippine Constitution. The vote was 20 for conviction and three for acquittal.

Senators who voted for Corona's conviction:

Edgardo Angara
Alan Peter Cayetano
Pia Cayetano
Franklin Drilon
Francis Escudero
Jinggoy Estrada
Teofisto Guingona III
Gregorio Honasan II
Panfilo Lacson
Lito Lapid
Loren Legarda
Sergio OsmeƱa III
Francis Pangilinan
Aqulino "Koko" Pimentel III
Ralph Recto
Ramon Bong Revilla Jr.
Vicente Sotto III
Antonio Trillanes IV
Manuel Villar
Juan Ponce Enrile

Those who voted to acquit Corona:

Joker Arroyo
Miriam Defensor-Santiago
Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

Estrada also said that officials of President Aquino's government also used pork barrel funds to gather support from lawmakers on certain issues like the impeachment of former Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez.

COA head Pulido Tan said that Sen. Jinggoy Estrada did not deny any part of the COA special audit that he called “biased” and “selective” in a privilege speech Wednesday.

“I wasn't hurt. As a matter of fact natutuwa ako na wala siyang dineny. Ang sa akin ibig sabihin nun na tama 'yung aming findings. Lahat 'yun documented, hindi manufactured 'yun. That's a vindication for us,” Pulido Tan said .

She also revealed that Sen. Jinggoy asked for a favor, but she did not reveal what it was.

“I have been going abroad for official business. As a matter of fact he knows that, alam niya kasi nung July nasa New York ako, tinawagan niya ako at meron siyang request,” she said.

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