MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte refused to make a lengthy comment on the decision of anti-graft court Sandiganbayan to grant the motion for bail of former senator Jinggoy Estrada.
"Tanungin mo ang Sandigan (Ask Sandigan),” Duterte told reporters when asked for comment on the temporary freedom given to the former senator.
The anti-graft court 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 Revilla and Juan Ponce Enrile, who was released on bail in 2015.
The President had previously voiced support for Estrada and Revilla, slamming the Office of the Ombudsman, which filed the pork barrel cases, for supposedly practicing “selective justice.”