Jinggoy, Bong seek pass to attend Kuya Germs' wake

Carolyn Bonquin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 11 2016 11:33 AM

MANILA - Senators Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. and Jose "Jinggoy" Estrada are both requesting to temporarily leave the Philippine National Police Detention Center to attend German "Kuya Germs" Moreno's wake.

Revilla and Estrada are currently detained for plunder, a non-bailable offense, after allegedly pocketing over P100-million worth of kickbacks from their pork barrel; and depriving aid to the rightful beneficiaries.

Aside from holding a government position, both senators had also been active in the entertainment industry.

On an urgent request filed before the Sandiganbayan First Division, Senator Revilla is asking that he be allowed to attend Moreno's wake on January 12, at the Mt. Carmel Church in New Manila, Quezon City; or on January 13, at the GMA-7 Network Center in Quezon City.

Aside from being a mentor in the show-business industry, Moreno was also Revilla and Rep. Lani Mercado's godfather on their wedding. Revilla is asking the anti-graft court to allow him to attend the wake for at least five hours, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m..

"Senator Revilla feels deeply saddened and dejected about the unfortunate death of Mr. Moreno, who not only served as a true godfather...but also, in more ways than one, helped, guided and cared for them countless times through the decades," the motion read.

It added Revilla deems it necessary to pay respects to Moreno, who had always visited him in the detention center despite his frail condition.

"On Christmas day...despite his failing health, Mr. Moreno visited Senator Revilla at the PNP Detention Center...which he had frequently done so since the start of Senator Revilla's detention. Senator Revilla this feels it is his obligation, this time, to personally pay his respects to the man to whom he and his family owe much," added the motion.

Meanwhile, Senator Estrada also filed a motion for furlough before the Sandiganbayan Fifth Division, requesting for a three-hour pass to pay his final respects to the late showbiz icon.

Estrada is requesting to attend Moreno's wake on January 12, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

"As part of the movie industry and public servant, accused-movant (Estrada) was especially close and would like to pay his final respects to the late German Moreno. Visiting and attending the wake is one of a person's Christian and Catholic obligation especially to (Estrada) to the remains of German Moreno who was and had been a part of the movie industry," the motion read.

Estrada's request came a day after the anti-graft court's denial on his bail plea.

Both motions will be heard on January 12, under its corresponding divisions