Jinggoy says electoral victory would mean 'vindication'


Posted at Oct 16 2018 01:46 PM

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Former Senator Jinggoy Estrada believes a victory in the 2019 elections would mean he is vindicated from the plunder and graft charges filed against him in connection with the P10 billion pork barrel scam. 

Estrada, who is seeking to return to the Upper Chamber, said he is hoping to be adopted by the administration. "Kung hindi naman, wala naman tayong magagawa doon," he said.

He also said he is innocent until proven guilty of the charges filed against him. "If I win in this coming elections, I think I will be vindicated," he said.

Estrada is accused of pocketing at least P157 million in pork barrel kickbacks from businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles through intermediaries including Juan Ng, Pauline Labayen and Francis Yenko. 

An Anti-Money Laundering Council report earlier said checks paid to the intermediaries were immediately deposited to Estrada's bank account. Estrada has denied the allegations. 

If elected into office, Estrada said he would like to legislate bills for the marginalized sector, particularly focusing on the welfare of millions of overseas Filipino workers.

"The reason why I decided to run, to seek reelection is that I still have a lot of unfinished business in the Senate," he said.

Estrada, out on bail since last year, is running under his father's Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino party. ANC, Dateline Philippines, 16 October 2018