- Posted September 25, 2013 by
Bribery rocks Philippine Congress
Senate President Franklin Drilon on September 24 said that part of Sen. Jinggoy Estrada’s privilege speech on the pork barrel scam was not true.
Drilon was referring to Estrada’s allegation that he and the Department of Budget and Management gave out additional pork barrel as incentives to those who voted to oust then Chief Justice Renato Corona of the Supreme Court.
In his fiery speech inside the Senate hall, Estrada alleged that senators who voted to convict Corona received an incentive amounting to P50 million, which Drilon doubted.
“I have yet to see that letter mentioned by Sen. Estrada,” Drilon said, in a statement he released after Estrada delivered his speech.
“If the insinuation is that the Dept. of Budget and Management (DBM) and I gave out additional PDAF (priority development assistance funds) as incentives to those who voted to convict then Chief Justice Renato Corona, that is not true,” he added.
The Senate President explained that Estrada even told him at the Senator’s lounge that he did not mean to say that the additional PDAF was a “bribe”.
“Estrada said that he was standing by his decision to convict Corona and he was not influenced by any supposed incentive,” Drilon said. “He said the additional PDAF came after the conviction.”
“I maintain that the Senators voted according to their conscience and their impartial evaluation of the evidence presented during the Coronal trial,” he added.