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Philippine Senate turns into war zone
FATHER and son – Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada and Sen. Jinggoy Estrada of the Philippines – remain under fire after some lawmakers voiced out their disappointment over the alleged double standard of the Senate and the House in handling the outlawed pork barrel funds.
According to a report posted at Inquirer.net on Saturday, some lawmakers were disgusted after Sen. Jinggoy Estrada assigned P100 million of his 2014 pork barrel allotment to the city of Manila where his father, Joseph Estrada, is the mayor.
The political feud over the pork barrel funds is an offshoot of a remark made by Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV calling the Sen. Estrada a “shameless” lawmaker.
In response to Trillanes’ remark, Mayor Estrada said: “He’s the one who’s shameless. He’s narrow-minded.”
“It’s there in the budget. That’s not my creation. Why didn’t they tap it?” Sen. Estrada told the Inquirer.net in a phone interview.
Sen. Estrada on Thursday said it was not his fault and there was nothing unlawful in what he did because both house ratified it.
Meanwhile, Mayor Estrada, who was deposed as president in 2001 and subsequently convicted as plunderer, defended his son by saying there was nothing wrong if his senator son assigned P100 million of his P200 million pork barrel allocation to the city of Manila.
Political analysts say Mayor Estrada could have been riding on a report released recently saying Manila is the most impoverished city in the National Capital Region.
Trillanes, however, maintained that Sen. Estrada’s act was shameless, considering that his father is the mayor of Manila.
While most senators allotted their pork barrel to calamities, hospitals, universities and public works projects, Sen. Estrada realigned his pork barrel funds to the city of Manila.