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Jinggoy denies plunder charges

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Former Senator Jinggoy Estrada denied the plunder charges thrown against him in front of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgende­r (LGBT) community in Davao City on Tuesday, December 18, 2018.

“Lagi ko pong sasabihin sa inyo, humarap sa inyo, mata sa mata na wala po kaming kasalanan sa taumbayan,” Estrada said during his speech at the 8th LGBT Davao’s year-end gathering.

He also said that he and his co-accused in the multibilli­on-peso pork barrel scam and fellow former actor Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. is also asking for the support of the LGBT community in the coming 2019 election.

“Hindi na ako magpapalig­oy-ligoy pa, ang inyong lingkod ay humihingi ng inyong mahalagang tulong sa darating na eleksyon,” Estrada said.

“Kaya naman po, kami ni Senator Bong ay humihingi ng inyong tulong dahil ang LGBT, hindi lang sa Davao kundi sa buong Pilipinas, marami na ang mga organisasy­on nito,” he said.

While Revilla was acquitted of plunder by the Sandiganba­yan last December 7, Estrada remains accused of plunder and graft involving at least P183 million in alleged pork kickbacks for allocating his Priority Developmen­t Assistance Fund (Pdaf) from 2004 to 2012 to the fake non-government organizati­ons (NGOs) of co-accused Janet Napoles.

Meanwhile, Estrada assured the LGBT community that he will be supportive of their activities and advocacies especially the legalizati­on of same sex marriage in the country.

“Alam ninyo mga kaibigan, kung sa ibang bansa, nababalita­an ninyo na legal ang pagsasama ng same sex. Sa ibang bansa legalized na, dito nalang sa Pilipinas ang hindi pa rin naaprubaha­n ang same sex marriage,” he said.

“Asahan po ninyo na ako ay susuporta sa lahat ng adhikain ng LGBT. Ang inyong lingkod ang magsisilbi­ng boses at tinig hindi lang ng masang Pilipino kundi ng LGBT community,” he added.

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