Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Francis "Chiz" Escudero said those alluded to, TV5 news anchor Erwin Tulfo and radio dzBB broadcaster Melo del Prado or Car-melo del Prado Magdurulang in real life, along with another unnamed tele-vision and radio personality, should be made to explain their side on the issue.
I don't want to meddle in the decision of the chairman of the Blue Ribbon Committee (Sen. TG Guingona )," Estrada said.
"According to reports, they accepted money from government, thus, public funds.
We need to know the truth.
Now, if they do not want (to appear before the Senate), they can have their day in court," he
, despite proddings by Senate reporters, declined to reveal the identity of his
colleague during an earlier interview but Villar issued a statement admitting that it was she
being referred to and immediately emphasized that it was nothing but a purely social affair.
, but it was purely social.
was trying to bring me closer to Sen.
Jinggoy (Estrada) since he is planning to run for a higher position," she said.
"I have known Ms. Ruby Tuason since she
was the social secretary of former President (now Manila
Mayor) Joseph Estrada
My husband (former Sen.) Manny Villar was then (during the Estrada
administration) the Speaker of the House," Villar added.
's latest revelation came about as he
belied the claims of Tuason's camp on her
means in acquiring the said property in Dasmarinas Village, Makati City.
maintained that the house is "more than P100 million or even P200 million" which means that its value is way beyond the insurance claims received by Tuason following the death of her husband, the late Carlos "Butch" Tuason, that her lawyer said was used in paying for the said property.
Butch Tuason was appointed by then President Estrada as chairman of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) in 1998 and sat until 2002.
When asked who was with him in the said visit to Tuason's residence, Estrada did not identify his companion and merely said that it's an incumbent senator who was then yet to be elected as upper chamber member.
"All I can say is that it's a neophyte (senator).
Let's not drag her
or him in the issue.
We were invited for a dinner.
There was just three of us," Estrada
said, referring to his colleague and Tuason.
Villar, who it turned out was the person being referred to by Estrada
, is also a friend of Tuason.
But whether Tuason, who was reported to have acted as go-between of some political patrons in the past and delivered donations in the campaign kitty of some lawmakers, had dealings with Villar on this matter, Estrada
admitted to having no knowledge.