Sayang bangus! Jinggoy Estrada explains relief aid mobbed in San Juan
Let it spoil or give it away.
This is what former senator Jinggoy Estrada told the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Wednesday (May 20) when he decided to a relief operation by distributing milkfish in Barangay Salapan, San Juan City last May 3.
Estrada himself submitted his letter explanation to NBI Deputy Director Vicente De Guzman III who directed the former lawmaker to shed light over the NBI’s ongoing investigation over the incident which allegedly violated quarantine protocols.
“On May 3, 2020, I was given a bunch of milkfish from Zambales, my mother’s birthplace. Too many that I and my family will not be able to consume them. Considering its nature, time was of the essence to distribute them for human consumption,” recounted Estrada in his letter.
“My question is, shall I watch these milkfish spoil and not consume and watch my constituents starve and suffer for not having one or shall I give it to them to at least ease their hunger for a meal? Anyone in my situation that time would agree that the latter option is best to be chosen. That was what I did,” he argued.
Being a former senator and former mayor of San Juan City, Estrada believes that “our laws should be tilted towards helping our poor people as their welfare, after all, should the Supreme Law.”
“Lest it be misunderstood, it is not my intention to violate any law. Mine is pure and simple, like other private citizens and organizations are doing–help the poor during this pandemic. And I do not think that helping feed the starving and poor is a violation of the law,” he said.
“If helping the poor and the needy, as what I did, is wrong. I do not know what right is,” he added.
The former lawmaker also assured the NBI, when the relief operation was conducted, he wore personal protective suit, mask, face shield and even a quarantine pass.
“Social distancing procedure was also observed,” he assured..
Estrada was only given a stern warning by police which no longer filed charges over the relief operation.