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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[VIDEO]: Ipinaubaya na raw ni dating Sen. Revilla sa kanyang mga abogado kung ano ang magiging diskarte sa kanyang petisyon na makapagpiyansa.
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.
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.
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.
Among the accused, 8 were only charged who are not affiliated with the Liberal Party and Jinggoy Estrada, Bong Revilla and Juan Ponce Enrile are already in jail – who were considered as threats to the Aquino Administration before they were convicted.
Another dirty game played by the Liberal Party?; asked the critics.
President Noynoy Aquino was right for one thing when questioned by a blogger why the prison facilities of the recently imprisoned senators, Bong Revilla and Jinggoy Estrada are better than the previous prison cell of his late father, Ninoy Aquino. There’s actually no basis for the comparison since the situations are different then and now plus the offenses allegedly committed are of unrelated in nature. He even added that at some point, his father’s room was air-conditioned! The President highlighted that as a highly sociable man, the solitary confinement of his father was the greatest torture during his ordeal!
In addition to that, Ninoy Aquino was accused of being a rebel by capitalizing on political propaganda using the media. Revilla and Estrada are not yet convicted for the plunder cases filed against them. It will actually be a dumb thing if the administration places these two very popular actors turned senators into normal jail bars – for security reasons.
Besides, what goes around comes around. We know for the fact that these two senators are Presidentiables, knowing the masses! What will happen to the President when the tide finally turns around? At least, he can expect to be treated as human as possible based on his current status if he is no longer in the position with all the drastic actions he imposed to these powerful members of the opposition.
Yes, he vowed to punish those corrupt people in the government but it is however obvious to everybody that he is being selective. Corruption has been adamant for decades in the Philippines – and it is not only people who are corrupt. The whole system of government operations are! The President should have focused in changing the system rather than hurt those selected political enemies, their families and supporters – if he cannot generalize it or if he is really not also using the corrupt system to gain power!
However, social damages have been done and not unless the next leaders with the backlogs of this administration can forgive those who trespass them – we can only expect a divided Philippines. Unity is far from the horizon now that unfair judgements are bestowed to respected public figures! It will not be surprising if a group of opposing political parties will join hands in putting a stop into this unlikely government priority. Just wait and see!
By: Elena Grace Flores
Reading pork barrel articles and interviewing politicians about the pork barrel scam, it is very obvious that the public have different perception about it’s nature than the people in the public service. While many Filipino citizens are disgusted about the plight of popular senators, the senators themselves knew that this is just a political move to prevent them from running for higher office or vice versa.
Clearly, the pork barrel is not about the senators stealing money – because if you study the distribution channel, they actually do not have access to these loads of cash. These are mere figures that the executive office can play with to gain power by influencing senators to where they want the government to advance to. In short, the pork barrel is the executive office’s tool for getting support from the Senate to realize their intentions for the Philippines.
The pork barrel scam is about crediting and discrediting those who are vulnerable at their slightest unpopular or popular move. Here are collections of articles if you want to analyze this case yourself: http://www.philstar.com/headlines/napoles-pork-barrel-scam
It is unfair to judge our senators because of their alleged involvement with the pork barrel scam. They are just being manipulated by the highest office. They can only deny the accusations and accept that this is the price that they have to pay for being senators! Remember, it’s not the money. It’s trial by publicity and the verdict is their success or failure in the upcoming election.