MANILA - Former Senator Jinggoy Estrada has sought the permission of Sandiganbayan to go on a “family bonding” trip to Hong Kong from December 26 to 31.
Estrada, charged with plunder in connection with the Priority Development Assistance Fund scam and was recently granted bail, will be travelling with his wife Precy and children Janella, Jolo, Julian, and Jill.
“This family trip has long been promised by accused-movant to his family that if allowed by the Court all of them will take a holiday trip to a near Asian country - now Hong Kong due to ease of securing flight and hotel bookings,” the lawyers of Estrada said in the motion submitted to the court.
Estrada told the court that he and his family intend to stay at the Marco Polo in Hong Kong.
“After accused-movant was allowed bail, the family have been longing for bonding outside of the country. The Christmas holidays would be the most opportune time to have this,” the lawyers of Estrada said.
Estrada also noted that his recent trip to Singapore to accompany his father, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada for a medical procedure, was enough reason to justify that he is not a flight risk.
He also told the court through his lawyers that the requirements, such as itinerary and hotel contact numbers, will be submitted as soon as his motion is granted.