Estrada fries colleagues with burgers, other scandals
Senator Jinggoy Estrada on Wednesday afternoon hit back against some of his colleagues in the Upper House who he deemed played up the allegations against him and fellow senators Juan Ponce Entrile and Ramon ‘Bong’ Revilla III. In a privileged speech at the senate, the son of former president Joseph Estrada, also deplored the report of the Commission on Audit (COA) with regards to his pork barrel disbursements.
Estrada exposed other solons’ “anomalies” which includes millions of ‘burgers and Chicken Joy’ transactions.
Estrada, citing Commission on Audit (COA) special report on pork barrel disbursement, specifically singled out Mandaluyong Rep. Neptali “Boyet” Gonzales who he accused of committing questionable transaction using his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), or pork barrel.
Specifically, Estrada questioned the P6.6 million worth of transaction made by Gonzales with a leading fast-food establishment to purchase hamburgers, fried chickens and hotdogs.
“Maniwala kayo sa hindi, meron pa ngang nakita ang COA, P6.6 million worth of transaction sa Jollibee. Ano ito? P6.6 million worth ng hamburger, Chicken Joy, at Jolly hotdog? [Believe it onr not, COA saw a P6.6 million worth of transactions with Jollibee. What was that? P6.6 million worth of hamburgers, Chicken Joys and Jolly hotdogs?],” Estrada said.
He even chided them by using the fastfood’s slogan: “Aba, langhap na langhap ang sarap”, he said.
He also criticized what he described as “selective justice” when the investigation on the pork barrel scam focused on opposition senators such as him, Enrile and Revilla. The three senators were later charged with plunder by the National Bureau of Investigation before the Office of the Ombudsman.
Estrada accused Sen. Teofisto “TG” Guigona of zeroing only on the three of them without looking into other reports of misuse of pork barre by other senators. He said Senators Miriam Defensor Santiago, Francis Escudero and others also have issues with regards to how they used their PDAF.
Estrada also lengthily accused COA’s chief Grace Pulido Tan of issuing selective, incomplete and biased reports that made him and the other two senators look bad.