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Santiago to grill Cunanan

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Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago

Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago will again leave her sickbed to grill Technology Resource Center (TRC) director general (on leave) Dennis Cunanan in the next Senate hearing on the pork barrel scam.

Santiago on Thursday asked colleagues’ Senate blue ribbon committee chairman Teofisto Guingona III, Senate President Franklin Drilon, Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano, and Senator Francis Escudero to allow her to interpellate Cunanan on the March 6 hearing.

Santiago acknowledged that “the order of priority of your names listed above is the normal order of priority for interpellation at a hearing of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee.”

“Since the hearing is at 10 am, I hope this request will not be an imposition,” Santiago said.

Santiago is set to question Cunanan at 11:30 a.m.

In her request, Santiago cited her chronic fatigue syndrome that would only allow her to participate in any event outside her house for only two hours.

Santiago’s travel time from her house to the Senate and back took two hours, saying that she will only participate in the Senate proceedings for 30 to 45 minutes.

“Otherwise I will be unable to muster the energy,” said Santiago.

“I have to lie in bed not only for the remainder of the day but also for the entirety of the following day.

“I assure you that I shall try my best, out of courtesy to you for the sake of my health, to keep my interpellation short,” said Santiago, who is on medical leave due to her chronic fatigue syndrome.

Cunanan, meanwhile, has implicated Senators’ Juan Ponce Enrile, Ramon Revilla Jr. and Jinggoy Estrada in the multi-billion pork barrel scam.

He said Revilla and Estrada called him personally to fund their congressional pork barrel to bogus non-government organizations linked to pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles.

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