Former Sen. Jinggoy Estrada has been allowed to post bail while on trial for plunder and graft over his alleged involvement in the multibillion-peso Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam, ABS-CBN sources said on Friday.
The senator, son of former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, is accused of pocketing P183 million in kickbacks from fake projects, purportedly in collusion with the alleged scam mastermind, businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles.
He is expected to post bail Saturday morning at the Sandiganbayan.
Below is a timeline on Estrada's PDAF scam case:
AUGUST 16, 2013
The Commission on Audit (COA) releases a special audit report on disbursements of lawmakers' PDAF from 2007 to 2009 that shows alleged misuse of funds by lawmakers. The report tags then Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., and Estrada as among those who allegedly endorsed part of their congressional allocations to bogus non-government organizations linked to Napoles.
AUGUST 29, 2013
The Senate begins its probe on the "pork barrel" scam. Former COA Chair Ma. Gracia Pulido-Tan confirms that Enrile, Revilla, and Estrada endorsed part of their pork barrel funds to NGOs linked to Napoles.
SEPTEMBER 12, 2013
Pork barrel scam whistle-blower Benhur Luy confirms transacting with the offices of the 3 senators for Napoles. Luy also reveals dealing with a senator hidden under the moniker “Sexy,” who was later on revealed to be Estrada.
SEPTEMBER 16, 2013
The Department of Justice files plunder charges against Napoles, the 3 senators, and several others in connection with the pork barrel scam before the Office of the Ombudsman.
MAY 15, 2014
The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee releases a list of government officials that Napoles claims she had transacted with. The list includes Estrada.
MAY 28, 2014
The Senate releases Luy's digital files, which contains more details on transactions involving pork barrel funds diverted to bogus NGOs linked to Napoles. Luy’s list also includes Estrada.
JUNE 6, 2014
The Ombudsman files plunder charges against Enrile, Estrada, Revilla and several others before the Sandiganbayan.
JUNE 23, 2014
Estrada is arrested and detained at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City, joining Revilla who was arrested 3 days earlier. Enrile is arrested the following month.
During his more than three years in detention, Estrada has been granted furloughs for family events such as the graduation of his son, and was allowed to undergo physical therapy for his neck arthritis, as well as medical check-ups.
His expected release Saturday follows that of Enrile, who was allowed to post bail on humanitarian grounds in 2015. Revilla remains detained while on trial.