PDAF case probe to begin in September

UNTV News   •   May 23, 2017   •   3625

MANILA — The graft case against Senator Jinggoy Estrada and Janet Napoles in line with the pork barrel scam is set to begin in September.

Early on Monday, the Sandiganbayan 5th Division has concluded the pre-trial of the case after the defense and prosecution sides agree on documentary evidences.

The court has set the trial on the graft case on September 4 while the plunder case against the two will be heard on June 19.

The case stemmed from Estrada’s alleged amassing of more than P183-million kickback from his pork barrel fund. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Ombudsman will not appeal Revilla’s acquittal in 16 PDAF graft charges

Marje Pelayo   •   July 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Office of the Ombudsman has rested its case against Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. in the controversial ‘Pork Barrel’ scam.

This after the Sandiganbayan (SB) acquitted Revilla “for insufficiency of evidence on the remaining 16 graft cases” in relation to the alleged irregularities in the Senator’s Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

“The SB First Division voted 3-2 to grant Senator Revilla’s Demurrer to Evidence, AND WE RESPECT ITS DECISION,” the Ombudsman said in a statement.

Furthermore, the statement stressed that Ombudsman Samuel Martires will no longer challenge the “dismissal of cases/quashal of information and judgments of acquittal, either through a motion to dismiss, a demurrer to evidence or by a decision, rendered by the trial courts or the Sandiganbayan except when the People was clearly deprived of due process or there was mistrial,” citing Revilla’s constitutional right against double jeopardy.

“A demurrer to evidence is a motion to dismiss on the ground of insufficiency of evidence. The grant of the court of the demurrer is tantamount to an acquittal because the defendant is cleared of the criminal case and is no longer required to present his evidence,” the Ombudsman statement explained.

Revilla was accused in 2014 of diverting his PDAF for the years 2006 to 2009 to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) linked to ex-Cagayan de Oro congressman and Pork Barrel scam mastermind Janet Napoles.

The senator was alleged to have received P224.5 million kickback in the process.

Napoles was convicted of plunder in relation to the scam in 2018.

Only one Estrada should run for office, Jinggoy says

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines —Former senator Jinggoy Estrada has signified his intent in running for a Senate seat in the 2022 national elections.

In an interview on Wednesday (July 7), Estrada said he still has unfinished business in the Senate and was encouraged by the continuous support of the public after several surveys still include him in the winning circle.

However, the former senator said only one Estrada should run for office, pertaining to his brother former senator JV Ejercito.

“Mabuti na ‘yung iisa lang ang Estrada ang tumakbo kasi minsan nalilito ang ating mga botante kung sino sa aming dalawa. Siguro, it’s high time that we get to talk to each other,” Jinggoy said.

Ejercito, on the other hand, said in a tweet that it is the right of anyone to run for public office and the people will decide which candidate they will vote for.

“Everyone has the right to run for public office. But it is the prerogative of the people to choose a candidate with integrity, honesty & track record,” Ejercito said. -AAC (with reports from Harlene Delgado)

Ex-Pres. Joseph Estrada to be discharged from hospital Monday – Jinggoy

Robie de Guzman   •   April 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Former President Joseph Estrada is expected to be discharged from the hospital on Monday, his son, former Senator Jinggoy Estrada announced.

“Our family is overjoyed to announce that our father will finally be discharged from the hospital today,” he said in a post on Facebook.

“We would like to express our gratitude to his doctors for their expertise and care,” he added.

Jinggoy also thanked those who offered prayers and support for their family.

“We would like to thank everyone who prayed with us and supported us through this harrowing experience,” he said.

“But most of all, we would like to thank our Lord Almighty for His love and guidance through all of this,” he added.

Estrada contracted novel coronavirus disease in late March.

Jinggoy on April 13 announced that his father had tested negative for the virus and was transferred to a regular room.

But on April 16, Estrada was moved back to an intensive care unit after his doctors found “a super imposed bacterial lung infection.”

He was later brought back to a regular room after condition improved.

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