Jinggoy Estrada posts bail

LAWYERS of detained former senator Jiggoy Estrada posted a P1.33-million bail on Saturday morning at the Sandiganbayan for his temporary liberty.

Estrada's camp, led by lawyer Alexis Abastillas-Suarez, arrived at the Sandiganbayan before 9 a.m.

The Sandiganbayan Special Fifth Division voted 3-2 to allow Estrada to post bail, noting in its resolution that "the evidence has not strongly established accused Estrada as main plunderer."

The anti-graft court set Estrada's bail at P1 million for the plunder charge and P330,000 for the 11 counts of violations of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

Payment of cash bond was done around 10 a.m.

In an interview, Suarez said the Sandiganbayan's decision on the former senator's bail plea indicated that the evidence against him was "weak."

"It's an indication [of a weak evidence]. That's why we've been saying ever since that the evidence against him is not strong," she said.

Estrada's camp is expected to fetch Estrada at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City, where he was detained for more than three years.

They will return to Sandiganbayan for his formal release.

Estrada is facing plunder and graft charges after he allegedly accumulated P183.793-million from his Priority Development Assistance Fund  allegedly funnelled into bogus non-government organizations managed by alleged scam mastermind, Janet Lim-Napoles.

Estrada is among the three former senators accused of receiving kickbacks from their pork barrel fund. The two other senators Ramon Revilla Jr. and Juan Ponce Enrile. (SunStar Philippines)
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