Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Sen. Jinggoy Estrada calls Manila Standard Today article on BCDA log cabin false & malicious

 Privilege Speech of Sen. Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada

MR. President, colleagues, I rise today on a matter of personal and collective privilege.

Mr. President, I am speaking up to correct any possible misconceptions created by political opponents about my father, former president Joseph Ejercito Estrada.

Ex-President Joseph Estrada
There is today an article in the Manila Standard Today announcing that the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) will be leasing to interested parties 31 vacation homes in Camp John Hay in Baguio City, including a log cabin - purportedly the most expensive of the lot with a minimum bid price of P93.32-million for 25 years - which allegedly my father once used.

The manner in which Pres. Estrada's name was bannered in this piece was unfair, uncalled for, and quite malicious. It was obviously done to create the impression that he owns the property. And since the newspaper in question is readily available anywhere and likewise has an online edition, the general public may unwittingly be led to believe this fallacy. Questions may arise on the source of funds used for the purchase of this very expensive piece of real estate, especially from my father's detractors - the few of them who remain, as their numbers have been reduced drastically over the years.

Sen. Jinggoy Estrada
In order to dispel any doubts and suspicions this erroneous article may have created, let me state categorically that former President Joseph Estrada does not own the 1,200 square meter log cabin in Camp John Hay, Baguio city.

This fact is underscored by a visit paid by Ms. Aileen Zosa, executive vice president of the BCDA, to this representation wherein she emphatically stated that she did not in any way mention my father as an owner of said villa.

Thank you and I hope that this clarification will put to rest any doubts as to the said newspaper article.



Estrada, Jinggoy. SEN. ESTRADA'S RESPONSE TO FALSE MANILA STANDARD TODAY ARTICLE. (Privilege Speech, Senate of the Philippines). 5 Oct. 2010. Available online at

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