JINGGOY IN HIGH SPIRITS, SAYS ERAP

Despite his looming arrest for plunder in connection with the pork barrel scam, Sen. Jinggoy Estrada remains confident of acquittal, his father, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, told The STAR yesterday. “He’s OK. He is in high spirits. He has experienced that already. We were both incarcerated in 2001, but he was acquitted ahead of me,” the elder Estrada said, referring to his and his son’s arrest also for plunder for their involvement in jueteng.Estrada said he is confident his son can defend himself in court. The Sandiganbayan has issued a hold departure order (HDO) against Jinggoy and his two Senate colleagues, Juan Ponce Enrile and Ramon Revilla Jr. The Manila mayor said that despite his conviction for plunder in September 2007 by the Sandiganbayan Special Division, he felt vindicated when his wife Loi Ejercito and Jinggoy won in the senatorial races in 2001 and 2004, respectively. “Although they convicted me for plunder, I was vindicated by President Cory Aquino, the Catholic Church. In fact, during my incarceration, I was vindicated by the people when they voted for my wife, Dr. Loi and Jinggoy, when they ran for senator,” Estrada said. He said he did not steal a single centavo from the government. “They were not able to prove that I stole a single centavo from the government. My case involved only jueteng money which I did not even touch because the P200-million jueteng money goes to the Muslim Youth Foundation which helped our poor Muslim brothers and sisters. The money remained intact. I did not touch a single centavo,” Estrada said.THIS IS THE FULL REPORT...

ALSO: Read the Bible, pray and do push-ups, says Bong

Senator Ramon ‘Bong’ Revilla Jr. on Tuesday said he’d do push-ups, read the Bible and pray to fight boredom in jail once he is arrested. “Bawal daw ang computer, no cellphones. Siguro mag pu-push up na lang ako, pag nakita nyo ko mas malaki pa katawan ko sa dating Panday,” he said in jest, responding to reporters’ questions during a press conference. (Computer and cellphones are not allowed. Maybe I’ll just do push-ups so when you see me I’ll be bigger than the old Panday [referring to a fictional folk hero he had portrayed in his movies]) “Dasal. Bibliya. Huwag naman sanang ipagbawal yung libro, bibliya…(Prayer. Bible. I hope they would not prohibit books and the Bible),” he added. Like Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce-Enrile, Revilla said he also has packed his things while waiting to get arrested by authorities. “Naka-ready na ko sa warrant of arrest. Ready na yung gamit ko, nandyan na sa sasakyan ko, kung san man ako, I’m ready,” Revilla said. (I’m ready for the warrant of arrest. My things are ready, they’re in my car, so wherever I am, I’m ready.) READ MORE...

ALSO: Arrest warrant out vs Bong, 31 others

The Sandiganbayan on Friday morning released the warrant of arrest against Sen. Ramon "Bong" Revilla, Jr. and 31 other people charged with graft and plunder over the "pork barrel" fund scam. Associate Justice Efren De La Cruz, presiding justice of the anti-graft court's First Division, signed the document at about 8:45 p.m. ordering the authorities to arrest the senator. Revilla's chief of staff Richard Cambe, pork scam operator Janet Lim Napoles, and her aide John Raymond de Asis were also ordered arrested for graft charges. Also covered by the arrest warrant were Budget Undersecretary Mario Relampagos, Technology Resource director Dennis Cunanan and former director Antonio Ortiz and several government employees. The court set the bail for the release of those charged with graft at P30,000. One of the individuals facing graft, former National Livelihood Development Corp. official Chita Jalandoni, posted bail at the court's First Division right after the issuance of the arrest warrant. Jalandoni is facing seven counts of graft. She was supposed to post a bail bond of P30,000 for each count, but it was reduced to just P90,000.

ALSO: Bong Revilla surrenders to Sandiganbayan

Senator Ramon Revilla Jr. on Friday surrendered to the Sandiganbayan which ordered his arrest for his involvement in the pork barrel scam. Revilla's convoy arrived at the Sandiganbayan at 10:48 a.m. The senator and his lawyers were then escorted to the sheriff's office of the anti-graft court. Policemen barricaded the hall leading to the sheriff's office. Two glass cases of fire extingusiher were shattered as Revilla's escorts and media personnel walked by. Earlier today, Revilla thanked his supporters before he left his home in Cavite with his family. "Huwag po kayong mag-alala. Hindi naman po ako mawawala. Nandito pa rin ako at babangon po tayo," Revilla said "Maaaring makulong nila si Bong Revilla ngunit hindi nila makukulong ang pagmamahal ko sa inyong lahat," he added. The court issued the arrest warrant against him and 31 others charged with plunder and graft including businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles, the alleged pork barrel scam mastermind. READ MORE...

ALSO: Lawyer tags evidence vs Enrile as 'incomprehensible'

A lawyer of Senator Juan Ponce Enrile on Friday branded the evidence submitted by government prosecutors in connection with the plunder case before the Sandiganbayan against his client as "incomprehensible." During the oral arguments for Enrile's motion to dismiss, lawyer Estelito Mendoza noted the voluminous documents submitted by the Office of the Ombudsman without the proper "guidance" for his client or the court to understand. Mendoza said the documents and information they contain make it "impossible for the accused to understand" the charges filed before the anti-graft court. Mendoza added that the information does not specify who received the alleged kickbacks from the unnamed projects financed by the priority development fund of the senator. "Who received these money? Is it Enrile or (Gigi) Reyes?" Mendoza argued. In the allegations of the pork barrel scam whistleblowers, Reyes, the senator's former chief of staff, had received several kickbacks for Enrile. READ MORE...

ALSO: Bong turns self in

JUNE 20  --With his family, a handful of supporters and his own camera crew in tow, a smiling Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. turned himself in to the Sandiganbayan yesterday morning shortly after the warrant for his arrest for plunder got the last of the three signatures it needed. “This is voluntary submission. Surrender is when there is a warrant of arrest,” Revilla’s lead defense counsel Joel Bodegon told reporters as the senator was being booked for the non-bailable offense of plunder for allegedly embezzling his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), in cahoots with alleged scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles. Bodegon also filed a motion for bail, arguing that the evidence of guilt against the senator “is not strong.” The arrest warrant, drafted Thursday afternoon, had to wait for the signature of Sandiganbayan First Division chairman Efren de la Cruz before it could be issued. De la Cruz signed the document only yesterday. Associate Justices Rafael Lagos and Napoleon Inoturan signed the arrest warrant on Thursday. “There is really no need for the warrant of arrest because from the beginning, he manifested his willingness to submit himself to the jurisdiction of the court,” Bodegon said. Director Benjamin Magalong, chief of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), led the police in escorting and receiving Revilla for booking procedures, which involved the taking of his mug shot and fingerprint samples at the Security and Sheriffs and Services Office of the Sandiganbayan. With the senator were his wife Rep. Lani Mercado and son Cavite Vice Gov. Jolo Revilla. READ MORE...

(ALSO) Enrile: Life is a roller coaster

Hailed as a hero and pilloried as a heel at various times in his long government career, Juan Ponce Enrile is taking in stride the latest hurdle along his path. The Senate minority leader often says that “life is like a roller coaster; sometimes you’re up and sometimes you’re down.”  This is according to Enrile’s son Jack, a former congressman. The charges filed against Senator Enrile in relation to the pork barrel fund scam are just another bump on the road which he is optimistic they would hurdle soon enough, his son told reporters the other night. The younger Enrile also said this is nothing new to his father, who has been in government for almost 50 years, and that the senator is confident he would be cleared of the charges. The younger Enrile was with local government officials of Cagayan province who visited the elder Enrile at the Senate to air their support for him. Quoting his father again, Enrile said that the senator still has faith in the justice system and that if he is given a fair trial, he would be cleared of the charges. Sen. Enrile has argued that there is no evidence to back up the allegations made against him and that the testimonies provided by the whistle-blowers are all hearsay. But the younger Enrile admitted that he wants the case to end as soon as possible, although he believes that his father is still strong enough to handle his current ordeal and see it through. READ MORE...


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Jinggoy in high spirits, says Erap

MANILA, JUNE 23, 2014 (PHILSTAR) By Jose Rodel Clapano - Despite his looming arrest for plunder in connection with the pork barrel scam, Sen. Jinggoy Estrada remains confident of acquittal, his father, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, told The STAR yesterday.

“He’s OK. He is in high spirits. He has experienced that already. We were both incarcerated in 2001, but he was acquitted ahead of me,” the elder Estrada said, referring to his and his son’s arrest also for plunder for their involvement in jueteng.

Estrada said he is confident his son can defend himself in court.

The Sandiganbayan has issued a hold departure order (HDO) against Jinggoy and his two Senate colleagues, Juan Ponce Enrile and Ramon Revilla Jr.

The Manila mayor said that despite his conviction for plunder in September 2007 by the Sandiganbayan Special Division, he felt vindicated when his wife Loi Ejercito and Jinggoy won in the senatorial races in 2001 and 2004, respectively.

“Although they convicted me for plunder, I was vindicated by President Cory Aquino, the Catholic Church. In fact, during my incarceration, I was vindicated by the people when they voted for my wife, Dr. Loi and Jinggoy, when they ran for senator,” Estrada said.

He said he did not steal a single centavo from the government.

“They were not able to prove that I stole a single centavo from the government. My case involved only jueteng money which I did not even touch because the P200-million jueteng money goes to the Muslim Youth Foundation which helped our poor Muslim brothers and sisters. The money remained intact. I did not touch a single centavo,” Estrada said.

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Read the Bible, pray and do push-ups By Maila Ager INQUIRER.net
5:38 pm | Tuesday, June 17th, 2014


Senator Ramon ‘Bong’ ?ť Revilla Jr. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Ramon ‘Bong’ Revilla Jr. on Tuesday said he’d do push-ups, read the Bible and pray to fight boredom in jail once he is arrested.

“Bawal daw ang computer, no cellphones. Siguro mag pu-push up na lang ako, pag nakita nyo ko mas malaki pa katawan ko sa dating Panday,” he said in jest, responding to reporters’ questions during a press conference.

(Computer and cellphones are not allowed. Maybe I’ll just do push-ups so when you see me I’ll be bigger than the old Panday [referring to a fictional folk hero he had portrayed in his movies])

“Dasal. Bibliya. Huwag naman sanang ipagbawal yung libro, bibliya…(Prayer. Bible. I hope they would not prohibit books and the Bible),” he added.

Like Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce-Enrile, Revilla said he also has packed his things while waiting to get arrested by authorities.

“Naka-ready na ko sa warrant of arrest. Ready na yung gamit ko, nandyan na sa sasakyan ko, kung san man ako, I’m ready,” Revilla said.

(I’m ready for the warrant of arrest. My things are ready, they’re in my car, so wherever I am, I’m ready.)

Enrile last week said that he had already prepared his things, adding he was ready to die inside his cell.

Revilla and Enrile, along with Senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada and several other individuals, have been charged with plunder and graft at the Sandiganbayan in connection with the “pork barrel” scam.

The three senators have been barred by the court from leaving the country but no warrant of arrest has been issued against them yet.

While ready to be jailed anywhere, Revilla said he would leave it up to his legal team whether or not to appeal any decision that would mean detention in a regular jail.

“Pero para sa akin, kahit saan okay lang ako. Kung gusto nila akong ibartolina ok lang basta ready na ako,” said the senator.

(But for me, I’m okay anywhere. If they want me to put in a dungeon, it’s ok. I’m ready)

Revilla said filing a petition for bail though remained an option.

“Naniniwala pa rin naman ako na may patas pa rin akong hustisya dito sa atin at sana nga maging patas ang Sandiganbayan sa lahat ng aspeto na yan,” he said.

(I still believe that I can get a fair justice here and I hope the Sandiganbayan would be fair in all these aspects,)

Arrest warrant out vs Bong, 31 others By Camille Diola (philstar.com) | Updated June 20, 2014 - 9:41am


Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla, Jr. file

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) — The Sandiganbayan on Friday morning released the warrant of arrest against Sen. Ramon "Bong" Revilla, Jr. and 31 other people charged with graft and plunder over the "pork barrel" fund scam.

Associate Justice Efren De La Cruz, presiding justice of the anti-graft court's First Division, signed the document at about 8:45 p.m. ordering the authorities to arrest the senator.

Revilla's chief of staff Richard Cambe, pork scam operator Janet Lim Napoles, and her aide John Raymond de Asis were also ordered arrested for graft charges.

Also covered by the arrest warrant were Budget Undersecretary Mario Relampagos, Technology Resource director Dennis Cunanan and former director Antonio Ortiz and several government employees.

The court set the bail for the release of those charged with graft at P30,000.

One of the individuals facing graft, former National Livelihood Development Corp. official Chita Jalandoni, posted bail at the court's First Division right after the issuance of the arrest warrant.

Jalandoni is facing seven counts of graft. She was supposed to post a bail bond of P30,000 for each count, but it was reduced to just P90,000.

Revilla's lawyer, Joel Bodegon, has said that they will file a motion for bail immediately after the senator is detained. Plunder is a non-bailable offense by default.

Revilla, meanwhile, headed to the St. Michael's Church in Bacoor, Cavite to offer some prayers before turning himself in at the Sandiganbayan in Quezon City. He was accompanied by his family and supporters.

"Salubong na. 'Di na tayo mag-aantay, matatapos na rin ang paghihirap natin. Ganun na rin naman 'yun e," Revilla said in an interview over dzBB.

"Kahit makulong na nila si Bong Revilla, hindi naman po makukulong ang pagmamahal ko sa bayan," he added.

Agents of the National Bureau of Investigation and members of the Philippine National Police await the assailed senator's arrival at the Sandiganbayan to serve the warrant.

Bong Revilla surrenders (philstar.com) | Updated June 20, 2014 - 10:58am

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) — Senator Ramon Revilla Jr. on Friday surrendered to the Sandiganbayan which ordered his arrest for his involvement in the pork barrel scam.

Revilla's convoy arrived at the Sandiganbayan at 10:48 a.m. The senator and his lawyers were then escorted to the sheriff's office of the anti-graft court.

Policemen barricaded the hall leading to the sheriff's office. Two glass cases of fire extingusiher were shattered as Revilla's escorts and media personnel walked by.

Earlier today, Revilla thanked his supporters before he left his home in Cavite with his family.

"Huwag po kayong mag-alala. Hindi naman po ako mawawala. Nandito pa rin ako at babangon po tayo," Revilla said

"Maaaring makulong nila si Bong Revilla ngunit hindi nila makukulong ang pagmamahal ko sa inyong lahat," he added.

The court issued the arrest warrant against him and 31 others charged with plunder and graft including businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles, the alleged pork barrel scam mastermind.

Revilla has been charged for supposedly amassing P242 million in kickbacks from his pork barrel funds coursed to bogus foundations of Napoles.

On Thursday, the Sandiganbayan denied Revilla's petition to suspend hearings on the plunder case.

Revilla maintained his innocence and that he is prepared to end up behind bars, but he promised his supporters that he would fight hard to clear his name.

"I am ready to face this. The day will come when truth will come out. I am ready to go to jail even if I did nothing wrong," Revilla told the media on Thursday.

He said the only thing that he is asking is to be given the opportunity to defend himself in court.

"To many of you I appeal that you don’t judge us yet," Revilla said.

"To the Aquino administration: Mr. President, I'm ready to go wherever you want me jailed. I believe I did nothing wrong and I am not afraid, Mr. President," Revilla said. -Dennis Carcamo and Louis Bacani

Lawyer tags evidence vs Enrile as 'incomprehensible' By Dennis Carcamo (philstar.com) | Updated June 20, 2014 - 10:50am

F
ile photo of Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile.

MANILA, Philippines - A lawyer of Senator Juan Ponce Enrile on Friday branded the evidence submitted by government prosecutors in connection with the plunder case before the Sandiganbayan against his client as "incomprehensible."

During the oral arguments for Enrile's motion to dismiss, lawyer Estelito Mendoza noted the voluminous documents submitted by the Office of the Ombudsman without the proper "guidance" for his client or the court to understand.

Mendoza said the documents and information they contain make it "impossible for the accused to understand" the charges filed before the anti-graft court.

Mendoza added that the information does not specify who received the alleged kickbacks from the unnamed projects financed by the priority development fund of the senator.

"Who received these money? Is it Enrile or (Gigi) Reyes?" Mendoza argued.

In the allegations of the pork barrel scam whistleblowers, Reyes, the senator's former chief of staff, had received several kickbacks for Enrile.

They also claimed that Enrile received more than P172 million in kickbacks from the PDAF projects.

Mendoza, however, insisted that the charges on the information againt his client must state "ultimate facts not conclusion of facts."

A co-counsel of Mendoza also cited that the business ledger of whistleblower Benhur Luy submitted by government prosecutors is incomplete as it does not identify who received the kickbacks.

After the oral arguments, the Sandiganbayan said all of the motions filed by the accused will be submitted for resolution.

Bong turns self in By Michael Punongbayan (The Philippine Star) | Updated June 21, 2014 - 12:00am


Handout photos provided by the police show (from left) Sen. Bong Revilla posing for a mug shot and having his fingerprints taken upon his arrival at Camp Crame in a police car.

MANILA, Philippines - With his family, a handful of supporters and his own camera crew in tow, a smiling Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. turned himself in to the Sandiganbayan yesterday morning shortly after the warrant for his arrest for plunder got the last of the three signatures it needed.

“This is voluntary submission. Surrender is when there is a warrant of arrest,” Revilla’s lead defense counsel Joel Bodegon told reporters as the senator was being booked for the non-bailable offense of plunder for allegedly embezzling his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), in cahoots with alleged scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles.

Bodegon also filed a motion for bail, arguing that the evidence of guilt against the senator “is not strong.”

The arrest warrant, drafted Thursday afternoon, had to wait for the signature of Sandiganbayan First Division chairman Efren de la Cruz before it could be issued.

De la Cruz signed the document only yesterday. Associate Justices Rafael Lagos and Napoleon Inoturan signed the arrest warrant on Thursday.

“There is really no need for the warrant of arrest because from the beginning, he manifested his willingness to submit himself to the jurisdiction of the court,” Bodegon said.

Director Benjamin Magalong, chief of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), led the police in escorting and receiving Revilla for booking procedures, which involved the taking of his mug shot and fingerprint samples at the Security and Sheriffs and Services Office of the Sandiganbayan.

With the senator were his wife Rep. Lani Mercado and son Cavite Vice Gov. Jolo Revilla.

After more than an hour, he was escorted out of the anti-graft court’s premises and brought to Camp Crame in compliance with a commitment order issued by the First Division.

Men in white shirts printed with the words “Karangalan kong maging Indio (It’s an honor to be an Indio)” took videos and photos of the senator as he was being booked. The message on the shirts was an apparent reference to Revilla’s teleserye “Indio” which aired a few years ago.

He is scheduled to return to the Sandiganbayan on June 26 at 8:30 a.m. for arraignment proceedings.

After he had left, a co-accused and former chief of staff Richard Cambe arrived and was subjected to the same procedures.

Revilla is being accused of pocketing P242 million in kickbacks and commissions from PDAF-funded ghost projects.

Also charged with plunder in connection with the pork barrel scam were Senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Jinggoy Estrada – his colleagues in the opposition. The two are also facing arrest.

At the PNP multi-purpose hall at Camp Crame, Revilla again underwent booking procedures.

Only members of his family and some friends from showbiz were allowed inside the hall. They were made to surrender their gadgets like cell phones at the lobby of the multi-purpose hall.

Chief Superintendent Reuben Theodore Sindac, PNP Public Information Office director, said Revilla’s blood pressure was 140/90 during medical examination.

Revilla was assigned to detention cell no. 1, being the first of the three senators to be ordered arrested.

Revilla is the 73rd inmate in the Custodial Center.

His wife Lani said she had to buy medicine for the senator’s migraine as well as an undershirt.

“He needs medicine for his migraine attack. We will also ask the PNP to allow us to bring air cooler to make the temperature inside the room more bearable,” she said.

Magalong said the senator confided to him he is worried about his family. Earlier, Interior Secretary Mar Roxas reiterated that the senator would be “treated with respect.”

Roxas said the Custodial Center would be the temporary detention facility for the senators and the others accused in the plunder case as the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) is constructing another detention facility in Bicutan, Taguig City that was “supposedly for the accused in the Zamboanga City siege plus Maguindanao.”

Petition for bail

In filing a motion for bail, Bodegon said the evidence and documents being used against Revilla – as the whistle-blowers themselves had reportedly admitted – contained forged signatures and did not show the participation of the senator in any anomaly.

He said the testimonies of the whistle-blowers led by Benhur Luy were also “bereft of personal knowledge” and should be considered or declared as hearsay.

His motion for bail also carried a request that the senator be detained at Camp Crame.

“The evidence against him is weak. Actually, there is no case against him. So we want the prosecution to show the court that they really have strong evidence because there is none,” Bodegon said.

“He did not receive any kickbacks, even a cent. He did not get anything from that scam. The availment of his fund under the PDAF was all legal,” he said.

Other respondents in the pork barrel fund scam – including Napoles’ children – charged with the lesser offense of graft also showed up one after another at the Sandiganbayan to post bail.

They were former Technology Resource Center (TRC) director general Dennis Cunanan, Budget Undersecretary Mario Relampagos and National Development Livelihood Corp. head Chita Jalandoni.

Just before office hours closed at the Sandiganbayan, Napoles’ children Jo Christine and James Christopher each posted P450,000 bond through Alpha Insurance and Surety Co.

JLN employees Nitz Cabilao, Fernando Ramirez, Jesus Castillo, Dorilyn Agbay Fabian and Renato Ornopia also posted bail bonds ranging from P60,000 to P450,000.

Meanwhile, Estrada’s lawyer said the senator would surrender to the CIDG and not to the Sandiganbayan once he is served a warrant of arrest.

“He will submit himself (to the jurisdiction of the court) just like (Revilla), but he will go to the CIDG,” lawyer Alexis Abastillas-Suarez told reporters yesterday following a hearing at the Sandiganbayan on Estrada’s motion for judicial determination of probable cause. The motion has been submitted for resolution.

The hearing happened minutes before the arrival of Revilla and his retinue.

The fifth and third divisions – which handle the cases against Estrada and Enrile – have yet to issue arrest warrants against the two.

‘It’s like hell’

Estrada’s wife Precy said that while they have already accepted the prospect of his arrest, the thought of it is still causing them deep anguish.

“If this had not been politicized, there would not have been plunder case,” she told reporters at their residence in Quezon City.

“His case should have passed through the right processes. Their conspiracy is incredible,” Precy said.

“If the proper processes will be followed, then nobody should be going to jail,” she said, adding that the senator had been gravely affected by the turn of events, including the arrest of close friend Revilla.

Estrada said he was taking advantage of his freedom to spend more quality time with his family. He admitted, however, that the wait was agonizing.

“This gives me additional time to spend with my family,” Estrada said, referring to his having to wait for the issuance of the arrest warrant.

He described his waiting as “agonizing moments.”

The senator’s legal team, led by Jose Flaminiano, said they would likely file a petition for bail once the warrant of arrest is issued against his client.

Flaminiano expressed hope that the court would be lenient with his client since he has no intention of fleeing.

Estrada said he had been telling his children to take care of their mother once he is detained.

“I told them to be strong,” he added. “My heart feels heavy.”

He said his youngest daughter, Jillian Precious, 9, is most affected by his impending arrest. “Mama, is daddy going to jail?” she would ask.

Precy was at a loss for words. “She’s too young for that,” she said. The couple has four children.

Estrada said he simply told her, “Maybe baby.”

He said when he told his daughter that it would not be good for her to join him in detention because his cell is unlikely to be air-conditioned, her reply crushed his heart.

“Okay lang dada, basta kasama kita (It’s okay as long as I’m with you),” said Jillian, a Grade 3 student at a private school.

Precy said she has been praying that the arrest does not happen.

“Sirang sira na, sinira na nila ang pagkatao ko (I’m torn, they tore me to shreds),” Precy said, admitting that they had been through the same experience when the senator’s father Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada was ousted as president and eventually jailed for similar plunder charges. “My husband is my security blanket,” she added.

She appealed to the public to spare their children from insult and humiliation.

“They have nothing to do with this, they cannot have a normal life but I told them they have a high profile life,” Precy added. – With Cecille Suerte Felipe, Christina Mendez, Janvic Mateo, Reinir Padua

Enrile: Life is a roller coaster By Marvin Sy (The Philippine Star) | Updated June 21, 2014 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - Hailed as a hero and pilloried as a heel at various times in his long government career, Juan Ponce Enrile is taking in stride the latest hurdle along his path.

The Senate minority leader often says that “life is like a roller coaster; sometimes you’re up and sometimes you’re down.”

This is according to Enrile’s son Jack, a former congressman.

The charges filed against Senator Enrile in relation to the pork barrel fund scam are just another bump on the road which he is optimistic they would hurdle soon enough, his son told reporters the other night.

The younger Enrile also said this is nothing new to his father, who has been in government for almost 50 years, and that the senator is confident he would be cleared of the charges.

The younger Enrile was with local government officials of Cagayan province who visited the elder Enrile at the Senate to air their support for him.

Quoting his father again, Enrile said that the senator still has faith in the justice system and that if he is given a fair trial, he would be cleared of the charges.

Sen. Enrile has argued that there is no evidence to back up the allegations made against him and that the testimonies provided by the whistle-blowers are all hearsay.

But the younger Enrile admitted that he wants the case to end as soon as possible, although he believes that his father is still strong enough to handle his current ordeal and see it through.

“His name and our family’s name will be cleared,” the younger Enrile said.

As part of the various motions filed by Sen. Enrile before the Sandiganbayan in relation to his cases, it was argued that he should be granted bail for several reasons, including his advanced age.

It was also argued that Sen. Enrile is not a flight risk and that he requires constant medical attention because of his poor and frail physical condition.

According to his son, Sen. Enrile requires regular injections to his eyes, which must be administered by his doctor. He is also now hard of hearing that he would sometimes be disoriented and lose his balance.

Enrile’s son added that his father also has reactive high blood pressure, meaning under stress his blood pressure would shoot up.


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