JINGGOY ESTRADA SURRENDERS TO DAD JOSEPH ESTRADA

JUNE 24  -PHOTO --ARRIVING AT CAMP CRAME IN FAMILY VAN ACCOMPANIED BY PARENTS AND FAMILY: Senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada on Monday morning surrendered to his father, former president and Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada. Senator Estrada’s lawyer Jose Flaminiano said he surrendered to the mayor who he is a person of authority. “What took place is that Senator Jinggoy surrendered voluntarily to the Mayor of Manila,” Flaminiano said in a televised interview. “We will not wait for the warrant of arrest to be served,” he said. Estrada then turned himself in before the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Camp Crame on Monday afternoon, shortly after his trip to San Juan. With his family and parents Mayor Estrada and Loi Ejercito,‎ Senator Estrada arrived at Camp Crame in a white coaster to undergo booking procedures. Chief Superintendent Reuben Theodore Sindac, PNP Public Information Office chief, said hours before Estrada surrendered that his booking will be held at the PNP Multipurpose Hall same as that of Senator Ramon”Bong” Revilla Jr.‎ READ  MORE...

ALSO: Jinggoy Estrada ‘quick to adapt’ to jail life

JUNE 24  -PHOTO: Philippine Senator Jinggoy Estrada blows a kiss as he is whisked to his detention cell after surrendering to police authorities Monday, June 23, 2014 at Philippine National Police headquarters at suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines.--Because it’s his second time to be put behind bars, Senator Jinggoy Estrada did not have a hard time getting used to the environment of a confined cell. “He was quick to adapt. We have not heard any complaints ‎from him,” Chief Superintendent Reuben Theodore Sindac, Philippine National Police Public Public Information Office (PNP PIO) chief, said Tuesday. Estrada joined friend and Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. in a ‎four-door detention bungalow at the PNP Custodial Center on Monday afternoon. They were both accused of plunder and several counts of graft charges in connection with the billions-worth scam of pork barrel congressional funds, allegedly conniving with fellow detainee Janet Lim-Napoles. On his first night, ‎Sindac said Estrada slept late at 1 a.m., adding that they learned that the Senator was “a night owl.” “This morning, Senator Revilla got up first. An hour after, Senator Estrada woke up at 7:30 a.m.,” the police official added. ‎For their first meal of the day, Estrada and Revilla were served with hotdogs and egg for breakfast and chicken Tinola for lunch. But Sindac said they did not touch their food ration as they feasted on the food their families brought for them. Asked if Estrada had any special request for additional appliance in his room, he said there was none. READ MORE...

(ALSO) Noy: JPE too old for jail

JUNE 24 --President Aquino is open to proposals that Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile should be granted house or hospital arrest for humanitarian reasons. Aquino believes that Enrile should be accorded more leniency than his two colleagues, Senators Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. and Jinggoy Estrada, who are now detained at the Camp Crame Custodial Center after the Sandiganbayan ordered their arrest for plunder. “He’s already 90 years old, there has to be consideration,” the President told reporters on a Philippine Airlines chartered flight en route to Hiroshima from Tokyo yesterday afternoon. “We have been together in the Senate,” Aquino added, recalling his three-year stint as a member of the chamber prior to his victory in the May 2010 presidential elections. Senators earlier pushed for hospital arrest for Enrile due to his frail condition. Aquino cited the 1987 Constitution, Bill of Rights, Section 19, sub-section 1, which states that “a fine shall not be imposed or cruel, degrading, inhuman punishment inflicted.”  “The guy is known to have a lot of ailments. That is an established fact,” he said. Enrile suffers from poor hearing, high blood pressure and vertigo. The anti-graft court’s Third Division has yet to determine if there is probable cause to order the arrest of Enrile for plunder in connection with the pork barrel scam. As to criticisms that Revilla and Estrada should not be enjoying luxuries at Camp Crame, Aquino recalled that even his late father former senator Ninoy Aquino had an air-conditioning unit when he was jailed during the Marcos dictatorship. “And to be fair, may air-conditioner na at some point in time doon sa Fort Bonifacio. Of course, iyung one hour a day ka pwedeng lumabas ng kuwarto. Solitary confinement, hindi wala kang kaagaw sa banyo,” he said, recalling certain concessions like an hour’s break from solitary confinement. The President was the keynote speaker at the Consolidation for Peace for Mindanao, an event sponsored by the Japan International Cooperation Agency in Hiroshima. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: ‘Evidence vs Enrile underwhelming’; Senator Estrada eyes bail

Underwhelming, inadequate -The lawyer said the Ombudsman practically told the Sandiganbayan justices to take the responsibility of finding the document from the 10,000 pages that the Ombudsman dumped with the Sandiganbayan. In a briefing paper on Enrile’s urgent omnibus motion to dismiss the case, the senator’s legal team said the evidence against him was “simply underwhelming and clearly inadequate” as Enrile’s role in the PDAF disbursement process was to recommend projects. Nobody saw Enrile take bribes or conspire with Napoles or agency chiefs, and all whistle-blowers, notably Benhur Luy, declared they never met Enrile and they never had personal knowledge of transactions with him, the lawyers argued. Enrile’s legal team belittled Luy’s business ledger, which it described as “the only evidence to establish Enrile’s supposed receipt of kickbakcs,” as hearsay (based solely on what Napoles told him), customized for this case (the transactions were supposed to date back to 2004 but the ledger was prepared only last year), and does not match the report of the Commission on Audit (COA) or the Ombudsman’s Field Investigation Office. The team argued that the COA report actually favored Enrile’s defense as it stated that the Executive Branch through its implementing agencies were responsible for implementing the projects and liquidating the funds. READ THE FULL REPORT...MORE......

ALSO: Estrada in detention, seeks bail

JUNE 25 --Senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada has been finally turned over to and detained at the Philippine National Police’s Custodial Center at Camp Crame hours after the police returned his warrant of arrest to the Fifth Division of the Sandiganbayan. The senator and his family led by former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada escorted the embattled senator as he surrendered to authorities Monday morning. After the booking process and medical check-up at the camp, Estrada and his family and supporters waited for his commitment order until past noon. Now that he is finally detained for graft and plunder that stemmed from his alleged involvement in the P10 billion pork barrel scam, Estrada’s next move is to seek bail although plunder is a non-bailable offense. His legal counsel has already filed a motion for bail with the anti-graft court. Meanwhile, the PNP approved the request of Estrada’s legal counsel not to publicize his mugshots. Before Estrada headed to Camp Crame, he first fetched his parents in their house at North Greenhills in San Juan. He was also accompanied by his wife Precy Vitug Ejercito and their four children including their youngest daughter. Former Senator Luisa “Loi” Ejercito blamed the government for what has happened to her son. She said the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and implementing agencies should be blamed for the so called pork barrel scam. “Hindi senators ang may kasalanan dito, kundi yung implementing agencies. Kung hindi pa nag-away si Benhur (Luy) at si (Janet) Napoles, hindi pa madidiscover. That’s more than 10 years [This is not the fault of the senators but the implementing agencies'. If Benhur and Napoles did not fight, then this will not be discovered. That's more than 10 years],” Ejercito said in a television interview. The former senator also appealed for a “fair fight.” “Sana naman patas yung laban, sana no pressures [I hope for a fair fight, I hope there'll be no pressures],” she added. Erap, on the other hand, urged his son to be strong. “Lakasan mo ang loob mo, mao-overcome mo rin ito [Be strong, you'll soon overcome this],” Estrada said. He also added that this is just a “replay” of what happened during the Arroyo administration. Erap and Jinggoy were both charged with plunder in 2001. Jinggoy was acquitted while Erap was convicted and sentenced to reclusion perpetua but was granted executive clemency by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in 2007. READ MORE...

ALSO: 2 PNP hospital wards await Enrile if Sandigan so orders 

JUNE 25  -Two hospital wards at the Philippine National Police (PNP) General Hospital can be used as detention room if the Sandiganbayan orders a hospital arrest for Senator Juan Ponce Enrile. Chief Superintendent Reuben Theodore Sindac, PNP Public Information Office Chief, said Wednesday that the PNP has back-up plans in case the court places Enrile under hospital arrest. In his speech in Tokyo on Tuesday, President Benigno Aquino III said the jailers of Enrile should be considerate in arresting him. According to the PNP Health Service chief, it may either be the 9-square-meter Public Order Violator (POV) room or the air-conditioned “Special Ward.”  Chief Superintendent Alejandro Advincula, PNP Health Service chief, said that Enrile could be placed in either of the two rooms. Inside the POV room are a single bed, toilet and an open window secured with iron grills. The Special Ward, meanwhile, is bigger by three square meters and has an air-condition unit. It also has a toilet with shower and sliding glass window. Enrile is one of those charged with plunder and graft in connection with the P10 billion pork barrel scam. His fellow senators Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. and Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada had been detained at the PNP Custodial Center. Revilla and Estrada are detained in a 32-square-meter room each, which are bigger than the projected detention room of Enrile but both have poor ventilation. “We are still unsure if the court would consider the PNP hospital but we are ready for any eventuality that may warrant his confinement to the hospital,” Sindac said. But for Enrile’s regular booking procedures, the PNP PIO chief said he would have to go to Camp Crame for physical and medical examination, fingerprinting and the taking of his mugshot.
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Jinggoy Estrada surrenders to dad Joseph Estrada


VIDEO SNIP OF JINGGOY ARRIVING IIN CAMP CRAME IN FAMILY VAN WITH HIS PARENTS. INQUIRER VIDEO SCREENSHOT

MANILA, JUNE 30, 2014 (INQUIRER) Kristine Angeli Sabillo, Julliane Love de Jesus - Senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada on Monday morning surrendered to his father, former president and Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada.

Senator Estrada’s lawyer Jose Flaminiano said he surrendered to the mayor who he is a person of authority.

“What took place is that Senator Jinggoy surrendered voluntarily to the Mayor of Manila,” Flaminiano said in a televised interview.

“We will not wait for the warrant of arrest to be served,” he said.

Estrada then turned himself in before the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Camp Crame on Monday afternoon, shortly after his trip to San Juan.

With his family and parents Mayor Estrada and Loi Ejercito,‎ Senator Estrada arrived at Camp Crame in a white coaster to undergo booking procedures.

Chief Superintendent Reuben Theodore Sindac, PNP Public Information Office chief, said hours before Estrada surrendered that his booking will be held at the PNP Multipurpose Hall same as that of Senator Ramon”Bong” Revilla Jr.‎

Justice Roland Jurado of the Sandiganbayan’s Fifth Division signed the‎ warrant of arrest for Estrada in the plunder and graft charges in connection with the P10-billion pork barrel scam.

Joining Senator Estrada are 25 others accused of the same charges, including Budget Undersecretary Mario Relampagos and the Senator’s former deputy chief of staff Pauline Labayen.

Senator Es‎trada faces one count of plunder, a non-bailable offense, and 11 counts of graft.

But the senator vowed to file a motion for bail immediately after his arr‎est and a petition for certiorari to the Supreme Court questioning the finding of the Sandiganbayan for probable cause.

Unlike Estrada, co-accused Revilla submitted himself first to the Sandiganbayan in a convoy of 10 vehicles carrying his family and supporters on Friday morning.

The senator-actor is now detained at a detention facility PNP Custodial Center‎, which he would share with Senator Estrada.

Inside the one-hectare compound is a four-door bungalow. All rooms are measured 32 square meters with a single bed, kitchen sink, comfort room, side table and ceiling fan.

One of the four detention cells have already been occupied by Revilla.

The day before his arrest, Senator Estrada and his wife, Precy, celebrated their silver wedding anniversary.

Estrada said in previous reports that he would request that he be allowed to bring in a Cable TV inside his cell while he fulfills his duty as a Senator if the Sandiganbayan would not order his suspension.

‎”We have a right to know what’s happening outside,” he said, also citing his fondness for “teleseryes.”

Last June 16, a hold-departure order was signed by the same division of the anti-graft court barring Estrada and co-accused from leaving the country.

‎This would be the second time he would be put to jail also for plunder in 2001 until 2003 with the older Estrada. ‎He was acquitted eventually and was released.

Jinggoy Estrada ‘quick to adapt’ to jail life Julliane Love De JesusINQUIRER.net
1:48 pm | Tuesday, June 24th, 2014


Philippine Senator Jinggoy Estrada blows a kiss as he is whisked to his detention cell after surrendering to police authorities Monday, June 23, 2014 at Philippine National Police headquarters at suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines. AP

MANILA, Philippines–Because it’s his second time to be put behind bars, Senator Jinggoy Estrada did not have a hard time getting used to the environment of a confined cell.

“He was quick to adapt. We have not heard any complaints ‎from him,” Chief Superintendent Reuben Theodore Sindac, Philippine National Police Public Public Information Office (PNP PIO) chief, said Tuesday.

Estrada joined friend and Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. in a ‎four-door detention bungalow at the PNP Custodial Center on Monday afternoon.

They were both accused of plunder and several counts of graft charges in connection with the billions-worth scam of pork barrel congressional funds, allegedly conniving with fellow detainee Janet Lim-Napoles.

On his first night, ‎Sindac said Estrada slept late at 1 a.m., adding that they learned that the Senator was “a night owl.”

“This morning, Senator Revilla got up first. An hour after, Senator Estrada woke up at 7:30 a.m.,” the police official added.

‎For their first meal of the day, Estrada and Revilla were served with hotdogs and egg for breakfast and chicken Tinola for lunch.

But Sindac said they did not touch their food ration as they feasted on the food their families brought for them.

Asked if Estrada had any special request for additional appliance in his room, he said there was none.

“But if he would request for any additional item, it must be coursed through the courts first before we could allow it,” Sindac added.

The Senator surrendered to his father, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, before heading to Camp Crame for his detention.

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Noy: JPE too old for jail By Delon Porcalla (The Philippine Star) | Updated June 25, 2014 - 12:00am


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HIROSHIMA – President Aquino is open to proposals that Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile should be granted house or hospital arrest for humanitarian reasons.

Aquino believes that Enrile should be accorded more leniency than his two colleagues, Senators Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. and Jinggoy Estrada, who are now detained at the Camp Crame Custodial Center after the Sandiganbayan ordered their arrest for plunder.

“He’s already 90 years old, there has to be consideration,” the President told reporters on a Philippine Airlines chartered flight en route to Hiroshima from Tokyo yesterday afternoon.

“We have been together in the Senate,” Aquino added, recalling his three-year stint as a member of the chamber prior to his victory in the May 2010 presidential elections.

Senators earlier pushed for hospital arrest for Enrile due to his frail condition.

Aquino cited the 1987 Constitution, Bill of Rights, Section 19, sub-section 1, which states that “a fine shall not be imposed or cruel, degrading, inhuman punishment inflicted.”

“The guy is known to have a lot of ailments. That is an established fact,” he said.

Enrile suffers from poor hearing, high blood pressure and vertigo.

The anti-graft court’s Third Division has yet to determine if there is probable cause to order the arrest of Enrile for plunder in connection with the pork barrel scam.

As to criticisms that Revilla and Estrada should not be enjoying luxuries at Camp Crame, Aquino recalled that even his late father former senator Ninoy Aquino had an air-conditioning unit when he was jailed during the Marcos dictatorship.

“And to be fair, may air-conditioner na at some point in time doon sa Fort Bonifacio. Of course, iyung one hour a day ka pwedeng lumabas ng kuwarto. Solitary confinement, hindi wala kang kaagaw sa banyo,” he said, recalling certain concessions like an hour’s break from solitary confinement.

The President was the keynote speaker at the Consolidation for Peace for Mindanao, an event sponsored by the Japan International Cooperation Agency in Hiroshima.

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‘Evidence vs Enrile underwhelming’; Senator Estrada eyes bail Gil Cabacungan and TJ BurgonioPhilippine Daily Inquirer 3:44 am | Saturday, June 21st, 2014


Senator Juan Ponce-Enrile and Senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada. FILE PHOTOS


The Sandiganbayan’s Third Division opened oral arguments on Friday on Enrile’s petition to dismiss the plunder case against him and to be allowed to post bail, citing his advanced age (90 years).

Enrile has been charged with one count of plunder and 15 counts of graft in the Third Division, which has submitted the case for resolution. The division is chaired by Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang, with members Associate Justices Samuel Martires and Alex Quiroz.

While the Sandiganbayan is expected to issue an arrest warrant against Enrile on Monday at the earliest, Mendoza said it was too early to talk about Enrile’s surrender.

After Mendoza warned the court during the oral arguments against falling for the “clamor of the mob,” Martires said the antigraft court would not be swayed by public opinion.

Over in 10 minutes

Over at the antigraft court’s Fifth Division, which is hearing the case of Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, the court said it would be deciding soon whether there is probable cause to order the arrest of Estrada and 25 coaccused in his plunder and graft cases.

Wrapping up the hearing in 10 minutes, the division chair, Associate Justice Roland Jurado, denied defense motions to suspend the proceedings, including the issuance of arrest warrrants.

The court also turned down the defense lawyers’ request to formally comment again on the Ombudsman’s charges.

“We’re submitting this case for resolution,” Jurado said.

The division’s members are Associate Justices Alexander Gesmundo and Quiroz. The latter was temporarily assigned to fill the division’s vacant third seat.

Lawyers representing Estrada, Janet Lim-Napoles and Budget Undersecretary Mario Relampagos and some other accused no longer argued their case.

Morales challenged

Not so at the Third Division where during oral arguments, Mendoza challenged Morales to produce the ‘smoking gun’ from the 10,000 pages of evidence that her office submitted to the Sandiganbayan to pin down his client.

Just like a person asking why he is facing a firing squad, Mendoza said Enrile is asking the Ombudsman: “Why are you filing plunder against me?”

“I think my arguments can be very easily responded to by the Ombudsman by simply amending the information, putting all the details and then we will see if the charges are for plunder,” said Mendoza.

The lawyer said that the least requirement to prove plunder was to show “a form or receipt” that Enrile received money or “for anybody to attest that they delivered any money” to Enrile.

Enrile has been accused of amassing P172,834,500 in kickbacks from his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) allegedly through fake nongovernment organizations owned by the alleged scam mastermind, Napoles.

“I am challenging the prosecution to go through the evidence brought to the court and pick out pieces of evidence that he (Enrile) received P172 million,” Mendoza said.

Underwhelming, inadequate

The lawyer said the Ombudsman practically told the Sandiganbayan justices to take the responsibility of finding the document from the 10,000 pages that the Ombudsman dumped with the Sandiganbayan.

In a briefing paper on Enrile’s urgent omnibus motion to dismiss the case, the senator’s legal team said the evidence against him was “simply underwhelming and clearly inadequate” as Enrile’s role in the PDAF disbursement process was to recommend projects. Nobody saw Enrile take bribes or conspire with Napoles or agency chiefs, and all whistle-blowers, notably Benhur Luy, declared they never met Enrile and they never had personal knowledge of transactions with him, the lawyers argued.

Enrile’s legal team belittled Luy’s business ledger, which it described as “the only evidence to establish Enrile’s supposed receipt of kickbakcs,” as hearsay (based solely on what Napoles told him), customized for this case (the transactions were supposed to date back to 2004 but the ledger was prepared only last year), and does not match the report of the Commission on Audit (COA) or the Ombudsman’s Field Investigation Office.

The team argued that the COA report actually favored Enrile’s defense as it stated that the Executive Branch through its implementing agencies were responsible for implementing the projects and liquidating the funds.

Charges of conspiracy

The team also said that the whistle-blowers’ own admission that they fabricated the documents and forged the signatures that facilitated the release of PDAF has made the evidence unreliable and inadmissible.

On charges of a conspiracy between Enrile and his staff, the legal team noted that the authority he gave to his chief of staff (Jessica Lucila “Gigi” Reyes) and deputy chief of staff (Jose Antonio Evangelista II) was “made explicitly subject to the pertinent rules and regulations and for the proper implementation of projects.” The team noted that since the supporting papers for the PDAF releases were forged, Enrile was ignorant of these transactions.

The legal team said that Enrile’s participation in the PDAF disbursement process after his endorsement was unnecessary as this was “merely inserted” by Napoles, the whistle-blowers, and implementing agencies as “an obvious cover-up and pretext for the violations they committed.”

The defense team also said that there was no evidence to show that Enrile was acquainted or has met Napoles or any head of the implementing agencies.

Plotting legal moves

Estrada on Friday spent the day plotting his next legal move with his lawyers in his Quezon City home.

The senator met with his lawyers for hours to discuss how they would respond to the Sandiganbayan ruling on his motion for the judicial determination of probable cause.

He said they agreed to file a motion for bail with the antigraft court on Monday, the day the Sandiganbayan is set to rule on his pending motion.

“If they’re going to issue a warrant, then we will file the motion for bail, first and foremost,” he said by phone from his Corinthian Hills residence. “For now, that’s the motion we agreed to file,” he said.

Lawyer Jose Flaminiano, who defended Estrada’s father, deposed President Joseph Estrada in the latter’s plunder case, leads the senator’s defense team.

The elder Estrada was convicted of plunder in 2007, but was pardoned shortly after by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Mental torture

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Estrada said he was “experiencing mental torture” as he waited for the issuance of an arrest warrant.

“I don’t know when it’s going to be issued: tomorrow, next week or two weeks from now,” he said.

“The fear is always there. Just the mere thought of it (jail) makes my hair stand on end. I’m worried about my children,” he said.

Estrada said he had a “pep talk “with his family to prepare them for his arrest. He said his 8-year-old daughter, the youngest of his four children, was the most affected.

“She’s been crying to me,” he said of his daughter, who sleeps with him at night.

Estrada said he hoped the order would not be issued on or before June 28, when he and his wife, Precy, will be marking their silver wedding anniversary.

“Otherwise, we will have a simple gathering with my close friends and relatives,” he said. “With the unfolding events, it looks dim. But I told my wife, I’ll marry her even in jail.”

Would like a TV

The Philippine National Police has built a four-room bungalow for the three high-profile detainees inside Camp Crame. Each room has a toilet, shower, ceiling fan and bed.

“Maybe, they can allow TV in my room. If we’re not suspended by the Sandiganbayan, and I hope that they don’t suspend us, then we remain senators and we have a right to know what’s happening outside,” Estrada said.

When he was detained from 2001 to 2003 while being tried for plunder, a charge of which he was later acquitted, Estrada said he enjoyed watching soap operas on TV. He also exercised and slept a lot, he said.

“Cable TV is important to me, so I can tune in to teleseryes again,” he said.

The younger Estrada lives in the exclusive Corinthian Hills on Temple Drive, Barangay Ugong Norte, where he waited all day on Friday for the antigraft court to issue the arrest warrant against him. In the end, it didn’t come.

Media stakeout

A few enterprising media outfits, including the Inquirer, had staked out the front of Corinthian Hills since early Friday morning.

However, unlike Sen. Bong Revilla’s vigil, which had been a free-for-all affair widely followed by his supporters and the media from Thursday night up until he reached the Sandiganbayan on Friday, it was as if Estrada was not even in the area. There was no visible augmentation of the village’s security.

The Inquirer tried to get to Estrada’s house using two different gates but, after waiting for half an hour, were turned down by the guards.

“They don’t want to let you in,” said a guard. “They choose who they will allow to enter.”

Apparently, only reporters from the Senate beat—those whom Estrada knew personally—were allowed in.

The many media vans outside the subdivision piqued the interest of outsiders, such as a security guard working for a shopping center just outside the Corinthian Hills gates.

“Who are you covering here?” asked the guard, who refused to be identified because of his job. When told it was Estrada, he added, “Ah, I haven’t really seen him here.”

He said he doubted that Estrada would be arrested on Friday. “It’s already late,” he said. With Dona Pazzibugan and Nathaniel R. Melican

FROM THE MANILA BULLETIN

Estrada in detention, seeks bail by Jomari D. Guillermo and Mary Rose A. Hogaza
June 23, 2014 (updated)


JINGGOY AT DETENTION SAYING GOODBYE TO HIS PARENTS

Senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada has been finally turned over to and detained at the Philippine National Police’s Custodial Center at Camp Crame hours after the police returned his warrant of arrest to the Fifth Division of the Sandiganbayan.

The senator and his family led by former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada escorted the embattled senator as he surrendered to authorities Monday morning. After the booking process and medical check-up at the camp, Estrada and his family and supporters waited for his commitment order until past noon.

Now that he is finally detained for graft and plunder that stemmed from his alleged involvement in the P10 billion pork barrel scam, Estrada’s next move is to seek bail although plunder is a non-bailable offense. His legal counsel has already filed a motion for bail with the anti-graft court.

Meanwhile, the PNP approved the request of Estrada’s legal counsel not to publicize his mugshots.

Before Estrada headed to Camp Crame, he first fetched his parents in their house at North Greenhills in San Juan. He was also accompanied by his wife Precy Vitug Ejercito and their four children including their youngest daughter.

Former Senator Luisa “Loi” Ejercito blamed the government for what has happened to her son. She said the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and implementing agencies should be blamed for the so called pork barrel scam.

“Hindi senators ang may kasalanan dito, kundi yung implementing agencies. Kung hindi pa nag-away si Benhur (Luy) at si (Janet) Napoles, hindi pa madidiscover. That’s more than 10 years [This is not the fault of the senators but the implementing agencies'. If Benhur and Napoles did not fight, then this will not be discovered. That's more than 10 years],” Ejercito said in a television interview.

The former senator also appealed for a “fair fight.”

“Sana naman patas yung laban, sana no pressures [I hope for a fair fight, I hope there'll be no pressures],” she added.

Erap, on the other hand, urged his son to be strong.

“Lakasan mo ang loob mo, mao-overcome mo rin ito [Be strong, you'll soon overcome this],” Estrada said.

He also added that this is just a “replay” of what happened during the Arroyo administration. Erap and Jinggoy were both charged with plunder in 2001. Jinggoy was acquitted while Erap was convicted and sentenced to reclusion perpetua but was granted executive clemency by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in 2007.

The staff and supporters of Estrada also arrived in Camp Crame wearing white shirts printed with the words: “Keep the faith and hold on. It might be stormy now, but the sun will shine again.”

Estrada faces one count of plunder and 11 counts of graft. He allegedly pocketed P183.79 million from his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

Estrada has earlier said that he will surrender once the warrant of arrest is issued.

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2 PNP hospital wards await Enrile if… By Julliane Love De JesusINQUIRER.net
7:18 pm | Wednesday, June 25th, 2014


Senator Juan Ponce Enrile sharing light moments with Senator Jinggoy Esterada at the Senate. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Two hospital wards at the Philippine National Police (PNP) General Hospital can be used as detention room if the Sandiganbayan orders a hospital arrest for Senator Juan Ponce Enrile.

Chief Superintendent Reuben Theodore Sindac, PNP Public Information Office Chief, said Wednesday that the PNP has back-up plans in case the court places Enrile under hospital arrest.

In his speech in Tokyo on Tuesday, President Benigno Aquino III said the jailers of Enrile should be considerate in arresting him.

According to the PNP Health Service chief, it may either be the 9-square-meter Public Order Violator (POV) room or the air-conditioned “Special Ward.”

Chief Superintendent Alejandro Advincula, PNP Health Service chief, said that Enrile could be placed in either of the two rooms.

Inside the POV room are a single bed, toilet and an open window secured with iron grills.

The Special Ward, meanwhile, is bigger by three square meters and has an air-condition unit. It also has a toilet with shower and sliding glass window.

Enrile is one of those charged with plunder and graft in connection with the P10 billion pork barrel scam. His fellow senators Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. and Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada had been detained at the PNP Custodial Center.

Revilla and Estrada are detained in a 32-square-meter room each, which are bigger than the projected detention room of Enrile but both have poor ventilation.

“We are still unsure if the court would consider the PNP hospital but we are ready for any eventuality that may warrant his confinement to the hospital,” Sindac said.

But for Enrile’s regular booking procedures, the PNP PIO chief said he would have to go to Camp Crame for physical and medical examination, fingerprinting and the taking of his mugshot.


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