Estrada calls DOJ request to cancel their passports ‘premature,’ ‘baseless’
MANILA, Philippines – Senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada on Thursday protested the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) request to cancel his passport, along with other senators accused of plunder, Radyo Inquirer 990AM said.
The report quoted Estrada saying that the DOJ’s decision was “premature” and baseless” because the plunder charge against him has yet to be filed in court.
Francis “Chiz” Escudero also said the request was unjustified because his colleagues were not yet convicted of plunder.
The DOJ has sent a request to the Department of Foreign Affairs to cancel the passports of Senators Estrada, Juan Ponce Enrile and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., along with others charged with plunder at the Office of the Ombudsman for the alleged misuse of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).