MANILA - The Sandiganbayan Fifth Division junked Friday former senator Jinggoy Estrada's motion to dismiss 11 graft charges filed against him by the Ombudsman in connection with the P11 billion pork barrel scam of Janet Lim Napoles.
In its decision, the anti-graft court rejected Estrada's claim that the graft charges should be dismissed since he is already charged with plunder for the same offense.
"Actually, movant seeks to quash the herein informations, but is already barred because he has already been arraigned, and he has no grounds to rely on under the rules," part of the Sandiganbayan resolution penned by Associate Justice Rafael Lagos read.
The 11 counts of violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act stemmed from Estrada’s alleged allocation of his pork barrel funds to fake non-government organizations allegedly owned by businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles.
The Ombudsman said Estrada unilaterally chose the Napoles NGOs to implement his PDAF-funded projects despite lack of public bidding and proper evaluation.
Estrada was charged with plunder on June 5, 2014, while his graft charges were filed on July 7, 2014.