A former chief of the NBI anti-graft division yesterday declared there was "absolutely nothing" that would link President Joseph Estrada and his son, Sen. Jose "Jinggoy" Estrada, to the "missing" P130 million tobacco excise tax funds.Hindi ba si Chavit ang dapat ikulong dito, hindi si Erap?
Carlos Saunar, the seventh witness for the defense, headed the team that was tapped by the Department of Justice in October 2000 to look into the disclosures of Ilocos Sur Gov. Luis "Chavit" Singson regarding Estrada's alleged involvement in "jueteng" and corruption.
On direct examination by defense lawyer Raymund Fortun, Saunar said he recommended the filing of several criminal complaints against Singson based on the grilling by his team of various persons and the examination of documents on the transactions of the provincial government of Ilocos Sur.
The complaints were later dropped when the Arroyo government granted immunity to Singson after he agreed to be the "star witness" against Estrada.
Wednesday, October 27, 2004