It's Jinggoy's turn to slam at Lacson

September 23, 2009 12:31 pm 

MANILA, Sept. 23 –- Senator Jinggoy Estrada took his turn on Wednesday to refute the accusations of Senator Panfilo Lacson against him and his father, former President Joseph Estrada through his own privilege speech.

Estrada vehemently denied that he received P1-million jueteng payola as Lacson alluded in the three short stories the lawmaker from Cavite mentioned in his second privilege speech which Estrada described as “Fiction Part II” last Tuesday.

”If I am the one being alluded to in these stories about jueteng payola, I deny these accusations. I also remind Mr. Lacson that I have been charged, tried and acquitted of the charges of involvement in jueteng which he is now peddling in his scripts,” Estrada said.

Estrada also denied Lacson’s allegation that former President Estrada was behind the killing of publicist Bubby Dacer and his driver Emmanuel Corbito.

The young Estrada said it was Lacson who was being involved in the double-murder case based on the testimonies and statements of former Col. Cesar Mancao, Dacer’s sister Sabria Dacer-Reyes and former Gen. Jose Almonte.

”All these point the motive that Mr. Lacson had to eliminate Mr. Bubby Dacer. And for all intents and purposes, he has the instrument and the capability to do this deed,” Estrada said.

”All these indicate the culpability of Mr. Lacson which he is now extricating himself and implicating president Estrada to draw attention away from him,” he added.

Estrada also scored on Lacson for reviving the case Mr. Edgar Bentain, asking his fellow senator why he knew Bentain was abducted in Roxas bldvd and killed somewhere in Laguna in 1999.

”It was only after Mr. Lacson’s speech that the whole nation came to know that Mr. Bentain was abducted somewhere in Roxas blvd and killed somewhere in Laguna,” Estrada said.

Estrada also recalled the involvement of Lacson in the rub-out case of Kuratong Baleleng gang and other cases like Red Scorpion and the killing of former Western Police District Capt. Jimmy Victorino.

”Mr. Lacson once again treated us to another round of tall-tale stories filled with blind items without naming names not unlike the ones we find in gossip columns. Mr. Lacson has proven himself again as a prolific scriptwriter,” he said.

”President Estrada maybe a Famas hall of fame as five time best actor. Mr. Lacson, however, has now earned the reputation as the best writer of crime stories where he excels best,” Estrada said.

Estrada took the opportunity to thank Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile for delivering an speech on Tuesday in defense of his father against Lacson’s attacks.

”As no less than our Senate President has said, we are not perfect, we may have our flaws, but certainly we are not criminals, and much less killers,” Estrada said.

Estrada also said he and his father have nothing to hide, adding “our family has been demonized, pilloried and maligned by people who their own agenda and own vested interested to pursue and protect.”

The senator from San Juan reiterated his challenge to Lacson to bring his accusations against Estrada in court if “he has enough evidence” even as he said that it would be his last privilege speech in defense of his family.

Meanwhile, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago also advised Lacson to bring to the court if he has evidence to prove his accusations against the Estradas.

”It should not be the senators who will serve as judge in the exchange of accusations between the two because we have no right to weigh in evidences,” Santiago, an international law expert, said.

Santiago said her two colleagues are only using the Senate to “throw slimeballs at each other and covered each other in mud.”

”We are not competent judge to say who are telling the truth. It will become an exchange of hostile words without producing any effect,” Santiago said. (PNA) /V3/jfm/

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