- Detained Senator Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada was not allowed to attend his mom’s birthday party
- Sandiganbayan Fifth Division did not allow him to attend the occasion last year
- The same decision was given to him this year
Outgoing senator Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada’s request to attend his mother’s birthday party was declined by the Sandiganbayan.
In an article written by Jeffrey Damicog of Manila Bulletin, it was disclosed that the Sandiganbayan Fifth Division did not allow Estrada to go to the celebration as this would only create an impression to the public that the politician is a “favored detainee”.
“While the undersigned prosecutors commiserate with the desire of accused to be with his mother on her birthday, it must be recalled that a similar motion was filed on May 7, 2015 and denied by this Honorable Court in its Resolution dated June 4, 2015. Verily, to depart from the aforementioned Resolution would create an impression to the public that Senator Estrada, being a high-ranking public official is a favored detainee over and above other similarly situated detainees,” it was disclosed.
Estrada is currently detained at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City for plunder and graft charges over his alleged involvement in the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam. The PDAF is the discretionary fund given to members of Congress.
In an earlier motion, Estrada requested for a four-hour furlough on June 4, from 8 p.m. to 12 m.n., to attend a thanksgiving mass and dinner for her mother, Loi Ejercito, who will be celebrating her 84th birthday.
“For all the years of accused’s life the Estrada family have been always together on this special occasion except last year when accused was not allowed by court. (Estrada) now makes the appeal to the Court with hope that the Court and the prosecution will understand the humanitarian need for a family to be together with friends on this occasion,” the motion noted.