Sandigan junks Estrada's plea to attend mom's birthday

THE anti-graft court junked Friday the four-hour furlough request of detained Senator Jose "Jinggoy" Estrada to attend the 86th birthday of his mother, former senator Luisa Ejercito.

In the resolution, the Sandiganbayan fifth division said Estrada cannot enjoy the privilege of a free man due to his pending plunder case and allowing him will set a bad precedent.

The anti-graft division's resolution was based on their previous ruling almost a year ago wherein; Estrada filed a similar motion for him to attend the natal day of his mother

"There being no new and compelling reason for digressing from the above-quoted ruling, the court must, likewise, deny the present motion," the resolution read.

The court earlier dismissed Estrada's motion for him to attend the last remaining session days of Senate, citing that "the purpose raised is merely winding up of his remaining affairs at the Senate."

Estrada is facing plunder and multiple graft charges before the anti-graft court.

Estrada's term as senator will end by lunchtime of June 30.

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