Jinggoy Estrada shares first meal with family after release


Posted at Sep 16 2017 03:16 PM

Former Sen. Jinggoy Estrada shares his first meal with his family since his release from detention on Saturday. Ron Lopez, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Former Sen. Jinggoy Estrada on Saturday shared lunch with his family, his first as a "free man" after more than three years of detention over plunder and graft charges.

Estrada, who was accompanied by his wife Precy and their children, had lunch with his father, former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, and mother, former Sen. Loi Ejercito, at a Chinese restaurant in Greenhills, San Juan City.

The just released Estrada was seen seated between his father and mother at the lunch table. 

The family gathering was his first stop since his release past 1 p.m. Saturday after posting a P1.33-million bail. 

Talking to reporters upon his release, Estrada said: "I'm a free man already, but I will religiously attend the hearings of my plunder case." 

The Sandiganbayan on Friday had allowed Estrada to post bail after being detained for more than three years on graft and plunder charges. 

He is on trial for allegedly pocketing P183 million in kickbacks out of disbursements from his Priority Development Assistance Fund to fake projects, purportedly with help from businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles, the alleged scam mastermind.

He was detained at the Philippine National Police headquarters in Camp Crame after his arrest in 2014.

The Estrada family is scheduled to attend a thanksgiving mass later Saturday at the Pinaglabanan Church in San Juan.