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SC affirms Jinggoy’s plunder case



“Estrada is accused of pocketing P183 million of his pork barrel fund.

The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday upheld the Office of the Ombudsman’s finding of probable cause against former senator Jinggoy Estrada for the crime of plunder, as well as for violations of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

The SC voted 6-4 in affirming the Ombudsman’s indictment of Estrada in relation to alleged pork barrel fund irregularities, said SC spokesman Theodore Te.

The SC has yet to release copies of the main ruling, as well as the different opinions of the magistrates.

Te’s brief announcement also did not note who voted against and in favor of Estrada.

In September last year, Estrada was allowed by the Sandiganbayan to post a P1.33 million bail for his temporary liberty.

Allowed to post bail in an earlier ruling by the Sandiganbayan was former senator Juan Ponce Enrile. Among senators facing plunder charges, only Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. remains in detention after his bail plea was denied.

Enrile was allowed bail on account of his advanced age and poor state of health.

Estrada, son of former president and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, was accused of pocketing P183 million in kickbacks through a scam allegedly masterminded by his co-accused, businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles.

Witness Benhur Luy claimed Estrada allegedly allocated portions of his priority development assistance fund to bogus projects of Napoles’ non-government organizations.