MANILA - The Sandiganbayan Fifth Division has found probable cause on the plunder and graft charges filed against Senator Jinggoy Estrada, paving the way for his arrest in connection with the P10 billion pork barrel scam.
Estrada is accused of pocketing P183 million in pork barrel scam kickbacks after allegedly channeling his priority development assistance funds to bogus non-government organizations of Janet Lim Napoles.
The senator has denied the charges, saying that politics is behind the filing of plunder and graft charges against him, Senator Juan Ponce Enrile and Sen. Bong Revilla.
He also said he did not know that he was endorsing his PDAF to fake NGOs.
It is the second time that Estrada has been ordered arrested for the crime of plunder. The senator was jailed in 2001 after being charged with plunder under the Arroyo administration.
He was acquitted in 2007.