Before he was ‘Sexy,’ Jinggoy Estrada was ‘Anak,’ Sen. Loi was ‘Inay’
MANILA, Philippines—Before “Sexy,” Sen. Jinggoy Estrada was given the code name “Anak” and his mother, former Sen. Loi Estrada, was “Inay,” according to sworn statements issued to the National Bureau of Investigation.
Loi Estrada, like her son, channeled some of her allocations under the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to nongovernment organizations (NGOs) controlled by Janet Lim-Napoles, according to the statements executed by Benhur Luy.
But Luy, the principal whistle-blower in the P10-billion pork barrel scam, said the NGOs implemented the mother’s projects and that she received a 40-percent commission.
Jinggoy Estrada, together with Senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Ramon Revilla Jr., Napoles and 34 others, is facing a plunder complaint in the Office of the Ombudsman in connection with allegations that PDAF allocations went to ghost projects or kickbacks. They have denied wrongdoing.
NBI witnesses, in their sworn affidavits, had submitted notebooks containing records of Napoles’ alleged deals with the lawmakers.
Enrile, Estrada and Revilla were referred to in the notebooks by their code names “Tanda,” “Sexy” and “Pogi,” respectively.
In an interview with the Inquirer on Tuesday, Luy said Jinggoy Estrada had persuaded his mother to allocate her PDAF to Napoles.
“The projects of Senator Loi were fully implemented, but like her son’s projects a commission of 40 percent was also deducted from the project’s amount,” said Luy, a former employee of Napoles, who is under detention allegedly for holding Luy hostage to prevent him from revealing her activities to authorities.
Luy also said that Napoles gave Loi Estrada the “Inay” code name. He said Jinggoy’s code name was changed from “Anak” to “Sexy” after the senator went dieting and lost weight.
Luy said actor Mat Ranillo acted as conduit in the transactions of Loi Estrada.
One document obtained by the Inquirer showed Jinggoy’s mother wrote then Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap on May 9, 2005, requesting transfer of her PDAF with special allotment release order (Saro) E-05-00181 dated Jan. 24, 2005, to the Philippine Social Development Foundation, a Napoles dummy organization.
Another document also showed that Loi Estrada in a letter on Jan. 11, 2006, to then Agriculture Secretary Domingo Panganiban directed that P10 million of her PDAF with Saro No. ROCS-05-07-593 dated Dec. 29, 2005, be channeled through the Ginintuang Masaganang Ani Rice and Corn program of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Loi Estrada said the allocation was for the implementation of agricultural livelihood projects through another Napoles organization, the Masaganang Ani para sa Magsasaka Foundation.
Loi Estrada again wrote Yap on Feb. 7, 2007, to allocate P23 million of her PDAF to the municipalities in Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur and Agusan del Sur with Saro No. ROCS-06-07680 dated Nov. 22, 2006, to the same Napoles dummy organization, Masaganang Ani.
Jinggoy Estrada also wrote Panganiban in a letter on Aug. 15, 2005, asking for the transfer P30 million of his PDAF to another Napoles NGO—People’s Organization for Progress and Development Foundation Inc.—to implement his project under Saro No. E-04-948 dated Dec. 15, 2004.
The document received by the secretary’s office on Oct. 11, 2005, also bore a marginal note with an instruction to Director Ricardo Regis to expedite the process.
Jinggoy Estrada also wrote Regis on Sept. 18, 2006, to allocate P10 million of his PDAF to municipalities in Surigao del Norte and Agusan del Norte with Saro No. ROCS- 06-03101 dated June 16, 2006, for livelihood programs.