Jinggoy’s bail plea granted
THE Sandiganbayan granted on Friday the petition to post bail of former Senator Jinggoy Estrada despite facing a non-bailable offense of plunder.
In a 15-page ruling, the antigraft court allowed the former senator to post P1-million bail for plunder and P330,000 for 11
counts of violation of Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.
The court said “the probability of flight is not that much” of Estrada, being a former senator and a prominent personality.
“He surrendered himself voluntarily to the authorities and remained in detention for almost three years also negate the intention or intention to evade the legal process,” the anti-graft court said.
Estrada is currently detained at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center for allegedly receiving over P180-million in kickbacks from his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).—