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Tinamad ang Ombudsman: Sandiganbayan upholds Jinggoy bail

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The Sandiganbayan has upheld its decision to grant former Senator Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada bail.

The anti-graft court has issued a resolution which denied the motion for reconsideration of the prosecution which sought a reversal of the 5th Division’s September ruling which granted bail to the eldest son of Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada.

“A careful examination of the instant motion reveals that the issues raised by the prosecution are the very same issues already discussed and passed upon by the court in the assailed resolution and finding no new matters that could merit the reconsideration of its previous resolution, the court finds no cogent reason to depart from it,” said the court.

The Special 5th Division had voted 3-2 to grant Estrada bail noting that it was “duty bound to follow and apply the Supreme Court’s ruling” on the plunder case of former President and current Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who was eventually acquitted.

“Since there is no strong evidence identifying the accused as main plunderer there can also be no showing of strong evidence against him,” the court said.

Estrada is facing plunder and 11 counts of graft in connection with the pork barrel scam.

Under the charges, Estrada is accused of having received kickbacks amounting to P183.793 million from 2004 to 2012 from alleged pork barrel scam queen Janet Lim Napoles by coursing his Priority Development Assistance Fund through bogus non-government organizations.