MANILA, Philippines – Detained former senator Jinggoy Estrada agrees with President Rodrigo Duterte on accusing Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales of implementing “selective justice” on those allegedly involved in the P10-B pork barrel scam.
Estrada lamented how the three of them – including Juan Ponce-Enrile and Ramon “Bong” Revilla – have been “portrayed as thieves in the government” by the Ombudsman while the other accused, especially those deemed close to the previous administration, remain scot-free.
“Halos karamihan ng mga senador at congressmen, pumipirma din ng endorsement letters. Di namin malaman, tatlo lang kaming pinili ng SOJ (Secretary of Justice) nung draw samantalang ang mga kaalyado ng dating administrasyon parang di ‘ata nabibigyan ng karampatang kaso,” said Estrada.
[Most of us senators and congressmen signed endorsement letters. We wondered why the SOJ picked the tree of us in a draw while allies of the previous administration were never charged.]
The former senator said he certainly agrees with Duterte’s scathing attacks on the Ombudsman for its supposed “selective justice”.
“The President knows what he is talking about dahil being a prosecutor before, alam niya siguro, nabasa niya ang aming kaso. Talagang wala naman talaga, pinili lang talaga kami kasi we were with the opposition in the last administration,” he explained.
[The President knows what he is talking about, himself being a prosecutor before, maybe he knows, he read about our case. Because the truth is, there is really nothing against us, we were chosen because we were with the opposition in the last administration.]
President Duterte and Ombudsman Morales have been at odds lately, especially after the former lashes out at the anti-graft court because it is “slow to act on complaints against the ‘friendly’ but quick to decide against perceived ‘hostiles’; an allegation Morales vehemently denied.