Jinggoy: Pork barrel raps won't affect my 2019 chances

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 08 2018 12:34 PM | Updated as of Jan 08 2018 12:50 PM

Former senator Jinggoy Estrada waves back to journalists covering his visit to the Sandiganbayan, September 2017. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Former senator Jinggoy Estrada on Monday said he is confident the plunder and graft cases he is facing in connection with the pork barrel scam will not block his political plans in next year’s senatorial elections.

Estrada has been detained since 2014 for allegedly pocketing P183.793 million after diverting his Priority Development Assistance Fund to "non-existent" and "unaccredited" NGOs.

He pointed out that he won a Senate seat in 2004 despite a separate plunder case against him and his father, former president and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada.

"If you remember when I first ran in 2004 I still have an outstanding case, pending case pala, together with my father may plunder case ako ng 2004 and eventually I was acquitted,” Estrada told reporters at his PDAF trial at the Sandiganbayan 5th Division.

He clarified however that he has yet to decide on running again for the Senate.

"Panay rumors, panay tsismis. Sabi ko nga I haven't decided yet eh, pero siyempre andoon pa rin yung inclination natin to serve our people on a national level," he said.

Estrada said has not spoken with his brother, Senator JV Ejercito, who had said that he will not be seek another term if Estrada joins the 2019 senatorial race.