Move to nix Jing­goy Estrada’s bail op­posed

Manila Bulletin - - National News - By CZA­RINA NI­COLE O. ONG

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.

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