Outgoing Senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada is not barred by his detention from delivering his parting message to his supporters, maintaining his confidence regarding his performance in the Senate.
Senator Estrada recoursed on a Facebook post the bills and investigations he headed during his whole twelve (12) years in the Senate. He added that he has a complete attendance until he was arrested in 2014 for plunder complaints in connection with the reported pork battle scam.
“Sa loob ng labingdalawang taon bilang inyong senador, kahit kailan ay hindi po tayo nag-absent sa Senado pwera na lang nung ako po ay kanilang ipinakulong,” Ejercito said.
(For the twelve years that I have been a senator, I have never been absent in the Senate until they arrested me.)
“Nakapag deliver po tayo ng humigit kumulang na 50 privilege speech, na-expose po natin ang corruption sa military at naging aktibo sa mga hearings sa Senado. At higit sa lahat, nakapagpasa po tayo ng mga bills na ngayon ay naisabatas na, isa na yung ‘Kasambahay Law,” he added.
(I have delivered an estimate of fifty (50) privilege speeches, have exposed the corruption in the military and have been active in Senate hearings. And most of all, I have passed bills which are now laws, one of those is the “Kasambahay Law.”)
Estrada said that his bills are for the benefit of the Filipinos.
“Sa lahat ng aking mga binanggit, hindi naman siguro ako maaakusahan na wala akong ginawa o naging pabaya sa aking tungkulin bilang senador,” he said.
(With all that I mentioned, I do not think that I will be accused of being an irresponsible senator.
“As I proudly end my term as a senator, I wish that the new set of senators will continue to fight for what is right and put our country first before anything else.”
“At tulad ng sinabi ko kanina, aalis po ako ng Senado na nakataas ang noo, nagaalab ang damdamin, at may ngiti sa mga labi dahil alam kong nagampanan ko ng maayos ang tungkuling iniatang ng milyong milyong [Pilipino] sa akin at dahil alam kong nakapag ambag ako sa pagpapabuti ng buhay ng ating mga mamamayan lalong lalo na ang masang Pilipino. Isa pong karangalan na makapaglingkod sa inyo,” the senator added.
(And as I said earlier, I will leave the Senate with head held high, a zealous heart and a smile because I know that I have fulfilled my duties bestowed upon me by millions of Filipinos and because I know that I was able to contribute to the improvement of the lives of our countrymen especially the Filipino masses. It has been an honor to serve you.)
“I’m thankful to my colleagues who visited us here at Crame when we were jailed. They are Senators (Sonny) Angara, (Serge) Osmeña, (Grace) Poe, (Lito) Lapid, (Gringo) Honasan, (Nancy) Binay, (Vicente) Sotto, (Loren) Legarda, (Ralph) Recto, (Chiz) Escudero and (Bam) Aquino,” Estrada said in his post, the text written in Filipino.
He also thanked Sen. Juan Ponce-Enrile for giving him advice and guidance for 12 years.
Estrada also acknowledged the sincerity of the incoming President Rodrigo Duterte in bringing about change in the nation. He added that his success is also the success of the country.