In an interview ,as the sidelines of his first plunder trial hearing on monday, he claimed that before he was imprisoned and charge in 2014, he stated how and how much the ombudsman field investigator tried to extort money from him.
“Para babaan daw yung kaso ko; imbis na plunder, graft na lang daw. Sabi ko, sige, tuloy niyo na ‘kako, wala akong tinatago (It’s so they would downgrade my case; instead of plunder, it would be just graft. I said, okay, go ahead, I have nothing to hide),” Estrada said.The former senator also mentioned that it was not directly throught him but through an emissary.
“Hindi naman directly sa ‘kin, through an emissary. Humihingi sila ng pera sa ‘kin. ‘Di ako pumayag, dahil alam ko malinis ang konsensya ko "
The senator also clarified that it was useless to testify at the fact-finding commission proposed by President Duterte nor initiate his own case.
“It’s useless. Noon talagang walang ano, talagang halos lahat ng tao, ni-brainwash ng nakaraang administrasyon na magnanakaw kami kaya wala kaming kalaban-laban. Ngayon, unti unti nang lumalabas na pinili kami (Before, almost everyone was brainwashed by the previous administration that we’re thieves and we were defenseless. Now, it’s slowly being revealed that we were just selected),” Estrada said.
Estrada likewise said that Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has a “one-track mind” so he did not bother telling her either.
Meanwhile, the acting chief of the compliance section of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) district office Mae Castillon confirmed Estrada’s submission of income tax returns for the years 2007 to 2012.
Office of the Special Prosecutor Director Ma. Christina Marallag-Batacan told the court that while Estrada’s declared wealth ranged from P83 million to P195 million, his annual income tax payments of P1 million to P5 million pales in comparison.