MANILA – The motion to suspend Senator Jinggoy Estrada from office has been submitted for resolution.
The anti-graft court asked the defense panel to submit its written comment on the motion within 10 days. The prosecution panel, on the other hand, was given 5 days.
Estrada, who is now detained at the Philippine National Police custodial center, is facing plunder and graft charges for allegedly amassing P183 million in pork barrel funds.
The prosecution panel earlier said under the plunder law (Republic Act No. 7080, as amended), any public officer against whom a criminal prosecution under a valid information for plunder is pending in court shall be suspended from office.
"Jurisprudence sets the period of suspension pendente lite at 90 days," the Office of the Ombudsman said in a statement. – report from Johnson Manabat, dzMM