Jinggoy seeks Sandigan nod for Singapore trip with Erap

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 06 2017 04:52 PM

MANILA - Former senator Jinggoy Estrada is hoping that the Sandiganbayan 5th Division will allow him to accompany his father Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada to Singapore next week. 

The mayor is set to undergo examination and possible surgery in Singapore's Mount Elizabeth Hospital from November 11 to 20. 

“Being the eldest son, ako naman taga-asikaso ng mga hospitalization ng tatay ko, ng nanay ko. It is proper naman na samahan ko,” the younger Estrada told reporters Monday when he attended the continuation of his graft hearing. 

The prosecution has signified they will submit a written motion to oppose Estrada's request. 

“SOP naman yun ng prosecution,” the former lawmaker said. 

Estrada has been detained since 2014 for plunder over his alleged misuse of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF). 

He was accused of pocketing P183.793 million after diverting his Priority Development Assistance Fund to allegedly "non-existent" and "unaccredited" non-government organizations that failed to deliver the assistance to beneficiaries from 2004 to 2012. 

During Monday's hearing, Estrada lawyer Paul Mar Arias continued his cross-examination on prosecution witness Rodante Berou, chief of the special intelligence services at the National Bureau of Investigation. 

Arias said some documents presented by the prosecution, including Estrada's supposed letters of endorsement for projects, were not acknowledged by the addressees. 

Berou, for his part, said the NBI relied on the documents sent by the Commission on Audit, which also probed the pork barrel scam. 

Due to lack of time, Berou is set to appear again on November 20 for the continuation of his cross-examination.