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MANILA, Philippines – Delaying tactics supposedly employed by both the prosecution and the defense in the bail petition of Senator Jinggoy Estrada prompted Sandiganbayan Fifth Division chair Justice Roland Jurado to compel both sides on Monday, November 17, to find a way to speed up the resolution of the case.

Estrada’s bail hearing is moving at a snail’s pace, compared to Senator Ramon Bong Revilla’s, which is nearing summation. Both legislators are charged with plunder over the diversion of their pork barrel to fake non-governmental organizations, allegedly in exchange for millions of pesos in commissions.

The prosecution and the defense panels have accused each other of delaying the proceedings.

The prosecution was supposed to present state witness Merlina Suñas Monday morning after both sides finished grilling another witness, Mary Arlene Baltazar. Baltazar worked as a bookkeeper of alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles. Read More