Jinggoy Estrada leaves detention


Posted at Sep 16 2017 12:50 PM | Updated as of Sep 16 2017 01:24 PM

Former Sen. Jinggoy Estrada leaves detention after posting bail. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - After more than three years in detention, former Sen. Jinggoy Estrada left the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame after posting a P1.33-million bail for his alleged role in the multibillion-peso "pork barrel" scam.

As of this posting, Estrada, still with police escorts, was being transported to the Sandiganbayan, where he would undergo processing for his official release. 

Wearing a pink shirt, blue jacket and shades, he waved from an open window of the coaster. 

After his release, Estrada is expected to go home with his family in Quezon City. 

A thanksgiving mass is also scheduled Saturday afternoon at the Pinaglabanan Church in San Juan, the family's bailiwick.

Earlier, Estrada's lawyer Alexis Suarez posted bail on his behalf at the Sandiganbayan past 9 a.m.

The anti-graft court had on Friday granted Estrada's motion for bail, set at P1 million for plunder and P330,000 for 11 counts of graft, at P30,000 each.

He had been detained at the Philippine National Police headquarters in Camp Crame since 2014 on allegations that he pocketed P183 million in kickbacks from fake projects, purportedly with help from businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles, the alleged scam mastermind.

Estrada is among three former senators tagged in the scam, along 
with Senators Bong Revilla and Juan Ponce Enrile.

Enrile was released on bail in 2015, while Revilla remains detained while on trial.