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Jinggoy Estrada’s Bail Granted, Bong Revilla to Follow Suit


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

The Sandiganbayan voted 3-2 to allow former Senator Jinggoy Estrada to post bail. This is in connection with the plunder case filed against him for allegedly misusing P183 million in pork barrel funds. That left Bong Revilla alone as the prisoner of the previous administration for the same case. His lawyers are now working to follow suit as he entrusted everything to prayers.

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Change of Heart

Only a sudden change of heart would alter the voting and release of the decision. The ruling is to be executed soon. This is if there is no “supervening event.” As Revilla said; It looks like Estrada is already packing up his things to go home. He is very happy for him but also a bit sad that he will be left behind for the time being.

Omnibus Motion

Estrada, who is detained at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center at Camp Crame in Quezon City, already filed an omnibus motion before the anti-graft court. He seeks his release from detention. Estrada’s impending freedom follows that of former Senate president Juan Ponce Enrile, who was granted bail in August 2015 for humanitarian reasons. The President supports this development because he believes that if posting bail must be available to all the accused in that particular case.

Grateful to the President

Estrada expresses his appreciation to the President whom he thinks only applies his knowledge as a former prosecutor. He is confident that Du30 studied their cases. That’s why he knows what he’s talking about. However, this worries the Sandiganbayan as Revilla could follow the same path. Also, this can lead to the acquittal of Senator Juan Ponce Enrile and Atty. Gigi Reyes’ cases.

Revilla to Follow Suit

The development leaves Revilla as the only former Senator in jail for the priority development assistance fund or PDAF scam. Several lawmakers were accused of funneling money for years to fake nongovernment organizations set up by businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles in exchange for huge commissions. Perhaps a good sign that Aquino’s influence now starts to fade.

Sandigan allows bail for Jinggoy

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Winning Daughter of Jinggoy Estrada signals the continued Political Dynasty Popularity – contrary to Criticisms against Binay

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Senator Jinggoy Estrada’s daughter is now San Juan City’s vice mayor. Contrary to the highly publicized propaganda against Binay featuring many senators who were against political dynasty, many cannot help but embrace this long-running Filipino culture because political names have more chances of winning. Janella Estrada won in the May 9, 2016 election but his father’s request through the he Sandiganbayan was denied last Monday that outgoing Senator Jinggoy Estrada’s wanted to leave detention to administer her oath-taking.

The Sandiganbayan Fifth Division in a resolution refused to grant Estrada’s request to leave the Philippine National Police Detention Center to administer his daughter, Janella’s oath taking on June 28, 2016. The older Estrada petitioned the said undertaking pleading that it will be his last official act as Senator of the Philippines.

ABS-CBN reported: The anti-graft court said prisoners and detainees are only granted furlough during emergency and compelling situations. It added that Estrada’s request to temporarily leave detention to administer his daughter’s oath taking is “purely personal” and allowing him furlough would be a “mockery of justice.” The Sandiganbayan said Janella’s oath taking may be done within the senator’s proximity in detention, or may be administered by another qualified person.


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Turncoating within Estrada’s Circle Tainted Friendly Connections

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada may have succeeded his reelection but he has learned a great lesson not to be too trusting. He had known that few of his close ties supported his enemies who were not happy with his changing plans thus diminishing his lead. He was supposed to endorse his former Vice Mayor to be the Mayor in 2016 – but Manila debts left him with still too many hanging projects to finish – the reason why he ran again and won.

There has been no confirmation though from Isko Moreno’s side if he went over the other fence during the recent election.
Erap also casually said thet they remain friends despite the rumors. He was sarcastic though and changed the subject into joking about why there’s no more durian in Davao – it’s because only star fruits are left or “balimbing” in vernacular.

Estrada’s running mate Honey Lacuna also won overwhelmingly over her rivals but Moreno did not make it to the top 12 of the senatea after running for Senator instead of Manila Mayor.


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No more ex-President to Jail…Heal: Estrada, Arroyo then who?

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Former Philippine President Gloria Arroyo wasarrested in hospital on plunder charges for allegedly misusing state funds while in office. Mrs Arroyo, who is accused of diverting $8.8m (£5.5m) from the state lottery charity fund for personal gain. However, as her jailer’s term President Aquino is ending, she has been acquitted from various cases. Will she regain back her life spent in proson? She was an expert economist better than her peers, why didn’t Pnoy used her brilliance? She is totally wasted!

The Sandiganbayan ruled Estrada not guilty of perjury while ruling him as guilty of plunder and sentenced him to reclusión perpetua. All of his co-accused were acquitted. He was later pardoned by then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Estrada’s techniques worked in retaining peace in Mindanao with his operations against the NPAs or the rebels. He won again during the resident election as Manila mayor. He should have served in the Peace and Order Department than waste his time in jail.

One of the country’s most prominent lawmakers, Iloilo Rep. Augusto “Boboy” Syjuco Jr., filed a case against Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III at the Office of the Ombudsman for an alleged Plunder over the misused of the P220 billion pork barrel funds. When will this plunder cases stop against former presidents? When will healing comes when some people wanted to hear is “Pnoy to Jail”. Time to break the chain. If proven guilty, he should serve the country for such number of years without compensation – in a department where his expertise is evident. Why waste a man who just did the best based on what he can? If he failed, then blame the people who voted for him. As for Pnoy, he’s single so going to jail is handy for him.