Palace denies singling out Estradas-A A +A
Friday, September 27, 2013
MALACANANG denied Friday that the Estradas were being singled out.
This was after Senator Jinggoy Estrada was charged of plunder before the Office of the Ombudsman in connection with the alleged misuse of pork barrel and the disqualification by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) against Laguna governor Emilio Ramon "ER" Ejercito. Estrada and Ejercito are cousins.
"I can only answer as far as the PDAF (priority development assistance fund) investigations are concerned. Again, they are not being singled out," deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a press briefing.
She said that the complaint filed against the senator was based on the testimonies of the whistleblowers and on the Commission on Audit special report.
In the case of the Laguna governor, she said that it would be up to the Comelec.
"I will defer to the Comelec on the matter of the disqualification of one of its divisions of Governor Ejercito," Valte said.
Ejercito was disqualified for overspending during the recent election. (SDR/Sunnex)