Senator Teofisto Guingona, chairman of the Senate blue ribbon committee, shows his letter addressed to Sen. Aquilino 'Koko' Pimentel III informing him to decide on the jurisdictional challenge of Makati City Mayor Junjun Binay regarding the investigation on the alleged overpricing in the Makati City Hall Building II project.(MNS photo)

Senator Teofisto Guingona, chairman of the Senate blue ribbon committee, shows his letter addressed to Sen. Aquilino ‘Koko’ Pimentel III informing him to decide on the jurisdictional challenge of Makati City Mayor Junjun Binay regarding the investigation on the alleged overpricing in the Makati City Hall Building II project.(MNS photo)

MANILA, (Mabuhay) – The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee is also planning to start this month the probe on the Malampaya fund scam.

Senator Teofisto Guingona III, the head of the committee, said several officials of the Commission on Audit are already available and ready to testify at the Senate.

Guingona was earlier criticized for failing to start the probe on the P900 million fund scam.

The Malampaya fund represents part of earnings from the operation of the offshore Malampaya natural gas plant in Palawan remitted to the government for the latter’s exclusive use for energy development projects.

Portions of the funds, however, supposedly ended up in unrelated projects carried out by non-government organizations allegedly linked to businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles.

Senator Jinggoy Estrada earlier called on Guingona to resign, saying the Blue Ribbon under his helm has become a tool to persecute and tear down the reputation of those in the opposition.

Guingona was also earlier twitted for “dilly-dallying” on the probe on the alleged overpriced Iloilo Convention Center, which supposedly involves Senate President Franklin Drilon.

Guingona announced this week that preparations are already under way for the probe on the convention center.  (MNS)