Move to nix Jinggoy Estrada’s bail opposed
Lawyers of former Senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada have opposed the motion for reconsideration (MR) filed by the prosecution, hoping that the Sandiganbayan Fifth Division would reverse its earlier ruling allowing Estrada to post bail for his plunder charge.
In its 19-page opposition, Estrada’s camp said that it is “curious” why the prosecution would object to Estrada’s bail posting, especially noting how seriously the court dealt with “such a grave matter.”
“Clearly, the Honorable Court was correct in finding that there is no strong proof that Sen. Estrada is the mastermind or main plunderer in the instant case,” the opposition reads.
The prosecution insisted that the law, Section 2 of R.A. 7080, recognizes that plunder may be committed collectively. So the act of one is equivalent to the act of others.
But Estrada’s lawyers said that the prosecution’s arguments are without merit, since “it cannot be said that Estrada was the one who conceived, much less masterminded such scheme.”
Estrada is not the central figure in the scheme involving the priority development assistance fund (PDAF) allocation, they said, adding that the prosecution was not even able to present any evidence that showed conspiracy between Estrada and his co-accused.