Day One of Jinggoy Estrada’s trial for plunder
Former senator Jinggoy Estrada has arrived at the Sandiganbayan for the first day of the trial of his pork barrel plunder case.
Wearing a white coat, Estrada arrived at the Sandiganbayan Fifth Division Monday morning accompanied by his police escorts.
The trial finally started after the defense and prosecution panels agreed that documents offered as evidence were faithful reproductions of the originals, ending the pre-trial phase.
The pre-trial limits the issues to be taken up during the trial proper.
Estrada is charged with allegedly receiving P183 million in kickbacks from his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), which was allegedly spent for ghost projects facilitated by bogus foundations of accused mastermind Janet Lim Napoles.
He has been denied bail and remains in police custody with co-accused Sen. Ramon Revilla Jr. at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center. Revilla’s plunder trial has also begun.
Another accused, Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile, has been allowed by the Supreme Court to post bail for humanitarian considerations.
Estrada is also accused of 11 counts of graft for violating Section 3(e) of the anti-graft law for allegedly causing injury to government and giving undue preference to Napoles’ bogus foundations to implement his ghost pork barrel projects.
The former senators’ pork barrel scam charges were filed in June 2014. CBB/rga
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