Now, why am I saying that the testimony of government’s new whistleblower in the P10-billion pork barrel scam, Dennis Cunanan, will doom the credibility of the senators implicated in the scandalous anomaly, namely, Jinggoy Estrada, Ramon Revilla Jr and Juan Ponce Enrile?
Well, it is simply because Cunanan is no ordinary witness, the likes of Benhur Luy, Ruby Tuason and the other whistleblowers, who are now under the government’s Witness Protection Program (WPP), but whose personality, testimony, and even their own credibility may be easily cut down to size and sneered at by the senators.
As a backgrounder, Cunanan is the 11th Director-General of the Technology Resource Center (TRC), having been at the helm of the Government-owned and controlled corporation (GOCC) since his appointment by President Arroyo in 2009 and reappointment by President Benigno S.Aquino, III in 2010.
To know more about Cunanan and his achievements first-hand, please visit this link: http://denniscunanan.com/about-dennis-cunanan/.
What I am simply saying here is that Cunanan’s credentials make him a quality witness whose competence and credibility cannot just easily be disparage and discredited, as the senators are wont to.
I don’t think Cunanan will parlay his personal accomplishments, dignity and name for lies and fabricated tales against the senators just so he would come out clean.
It’s the truth that will set him free.
It must be remembered that Cunanan is among the 38 people, which includes the three mentioned senators and some congressmen, charged on Sept. 16, 2013 with either plunder or malversation of public funds, in the Office of the Ombudsman in connection with the Janet Lim Napoles-engineered racket in which state funds were allegedly diverted to dummy NGOs and kickbacks to lawmakers.
Needless to say, that Cunanan has an axe to grind against the three senators, who he believes are now washing their hands and trying to shift the blame and accountability to the agencies, like the TRC.
According to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, who confirmed Cunanan’s admission to the WPP, the latter’s 36-page sworn statement denied and debunked the implicated senators’ denial of involvement in the pork barrel fund scam.
Cunanan claimed that he even spoke with Revilla and Estrada over the phone as well as their chiefs of staff including Enrile’s Jessica “Gigi” Reyes.
“Normally, the legislators themselves and in rare occasions their chiefs of staff confirmed the signature and endorsement letter in favor of their NGO of choice to implement their PDAF-funded projects through TRC,” Cunanan said.
“I sometimes personally make the calls to verify signatures, and in one occasion Senator Revilla scolded me for the delay in the release of his PDAF to a designated NGO when I called his office,” he said in an interview.
While Ruby Tuason may have cast doubts on the integrity of Estrada and Enrile when she admitted to being the “go-between” for alleged scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles and them, Cunanan, on his part, nailed Revilla to the Napoles masterminded scam.
Based on the COA special audit, the TRC reportedly released to eight Napoles NGOs P580.85 million worth of pork barrel funds from Revilla, Enrile and Estrada and 23 representatives.
The TRC serves the public through the acquisition and promotion of technology and livelihood skills and information for Filipinos worldwide. A government corporation attached to the Department of Science and Technology, the TRC operates as a self-sustaining institution.
Yet, it is alleged that the three senators and the other lawmakers implicated wantonly disregarded the TRC’s mandate and went on endorsing their PDAF to Napoles’ bogus NGOs in exchange for a kickback!