THE Sandiganbayan junked Monday the request of detained Senator Jose "Jinggoy" Estrada for a five-hour pass on June 2 so that he can attend the 85th birthday celebration of his mother, former senator Loi Ejercito.

In turning down Estrada's motion, the Sandiganbayan Fifth Division said allowing the senator to leave his cell will set a bad example.

“Accused cannot be accorded the full enjoyment of his civil and political rights as a necessary consequence of his detention,” the resolution read.

It added that Estrada's latest request was not an "emergency" case.

Estrada was allowed to witness his son's graduation last March but the justices said they did it "not for his sake but for the child."

Last February, the Fifth Division also junked a similar furlough request for Estrada's 53rd birthday celebration.

Estrada, who is detained in Camp Crame, Quezon City for plunder and graft, is accused of pocketing millions in commission from the pork barrel scam allegedly masterminded by businesswoman Janet Napoles. (Sunnex)