Jing­goy: Why­would I lie to Sandi­gan­bayan?

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - NEWS - By Chris­tine O. Aven­dano @10aven­danoINQ

Plun­der ac­cused Jing­goy Estrada, a for­mer se­na­tor, on Tues­day said he would not risk his tem­po­rary free­dom by ly­ing to the anti­graft court Sandi­gan­bayan about an in­vi­ta­tion for him to speak in the United States about good gov­er­nance and the fight against cor­rup­tion.

“I was al­lowed to bail, to have tem­po­rary free­dom,” Estrada said.

Not stupid

“Do you think I will lie to the court? I know that any­time my bail can be re­voked,” he said.

Estrada was re­act­ing to a Sandi­gan­bayan or­der for him to re­ply to a bid by gov­ern­ment pros­e­cu­tors to have his travel au­thor­ity to the United States re­voked be­cause he lied about be­ing in­vited by the group US Pi­noys for Good Gov­er­nance.

Filipino Amer­i­can busi­ness­woman Loida Ni­cholasLewis, na­tional pres­i­dent of the or­ga­ni­za­tion, de­nied her group had in­vited Estrada.

It was Wil­liam Dechavez, the group’s leader in Michi­gan, who in­vited him, said Estrada.

Estrada said if he knew that it was Lewis who headed the group, he would not have ac­cepted the in­vi­ta­tion.

Estrada said he was not a flight risk as he had al­ready been al­lowed twice in the past to travel out­side the Philip­pines.

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