Filipino megastar fumes, offers $290k to prove husband's innocence

Hell hath no fury like a "megastar" rising in defence of her senator-husband.

Soon after Sen. Jinggoy Estrada named former Sen. Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan as among the senators who misused their Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), the latter's wife, Sharon Cuneta, responded with a dare on her Twitter account.

"If anyone reading this can prove to me that my husband has stolen any amount from his PDAF in his 12 years as senator, I will give you P10 million (S$290,000) in cash and I will leave my husband. That is how confident I am," she tweeted.

"Hindi kami magnanakaw. Hindi kami tulad ng iba na kaya ipakain sa mga anak namin ang perang di amin o di namin pinaghirapan," Cuneta added.

Cuneta's dare registered 268 retweets by 6:45 p.m. Bacoor Rep. Lani M. Mercado was also tagged in some of the retweets.

Mercado is married to Sen. Bong Revilla, who is also linked to the P10-billion pork barrel scam.

By some happy coincidence, Mercado, Revilla, Estrada and Cuneta are members of the movie and entertainment industry.

One netizen even asked Cuneta if Estrada was her "kumpare."

"Yon na nga. Nakakagulat lang," Cuneta tweeted back.

'Huh??'

Sen. Pia Cayetano (@piacayetano) expressed surprise at Estrada's statement that senators who voted for the conviction of then Chief Justice Renato Corona in May 2012 were rewarded with an additional P50 million in PDAF.

"Huh?? I voted yes to all-RH, sin tax and conviction of CJ Corona. I never got addl PDAF. So easy to check records," Cayetano said.

In general, netizens just chided Estrada for his hour-long privilege speech,

"Bombshell??? Liar," tweeted former Miss International @aupijuan.

'Victim bigger lie'

"To be called 'sexy' is a lie. To say, I am a VICTIM, is a bigger lie," Aurora Pijuan added.

"Sen. #jinggoy's speech went for almost an hour when in fact, it can be said in just one sentence "ba't ako lang, eh sila din nakinabang," said netizen ? @nixiroll.

"Gusto na lang yata maging whistle-blower. Para daw gumanda-ganda image nya. lol," netizen koai posted on the Inquirer.net website.

"Two wrongs do not make it right. Others may be guilty of pdaf scam, but that does not acquit you from your involvement in the crime," Nihil also posted on the Inquirer.net website

"Debate on #porkscam after Sen #jinggoy privilege speech: flawed system or greedy hands?" Dr. Eric Tayag tweeted using his name @erictayagSays.

Desperate move "Desperate move of a spoiled kid Jinggoy Estrada, please grow up," netizen Anne Sop also posted on Facebook of Inquirer.net.

And @HecklerForever tweeted this: "THIS JUST IN: Statesman Claro M. Recto is listening in heaven. Every time he hears something laughable he slaps a cherubim."

"My favourite part of #jinggoy's speech is when he said he did not steal money. There was no such part on the speech," netizen @justineloise posted on Twitter.

"He is NOT explaining his role in the scandal, all he is doing is involving some of his cohorts! He is saying Sama Sama na tayong lahat sa Imyerno, hnd lang ako!," Amorsolo Sanlo posted on the Facebook account of Inquirer.net

But Cuneta was apparently requested by her husband to stop tweeting about Estrada's accusation.

"I said na my piece, Sweetheart, no more na! :-) hahaha sowy!!" she said in a tweet where she tagged her husband's tweeter handle @kikopangilinan.

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