THE Sandiganbayan on Monday junked the furlough request of detained outgoing Senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada for him to attend the upcoming oath taking of her daughter, San Juan City Vice Mayor-elect Janella Ejercito.
The Sandiganbayan Fifth Division said in its resolution that Ejercito’s proclamation may be done within “Estrada’s proximity in detention, or administered by someone qualified."
Last June 15, Estrada asked the anti-graft court to allow him to leave his detention facility from 8 p.m. of June 28 until 2 a.m. of June 29 to personally administer the oath of her daughter inside his private office at 409 Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City.
The senator’s daughter won the vice-mayoralty of San Juan City in the recently concluded polls.
Estrada said “it will be a father’s duty and obligation and more importantly his pride if he will be the one to administer the oath of office to his daughter” and also “his last official act as Senator of the Philippines.”
But the court said in its ruling that “only emergency or compelling temporary leaves from imprisonment are allowed at all prisoners.”
The outgoing Senator is facing plunder and multiple graft charges for allegedly pocketing P183.79 million of his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) allocation by channeling it to the fake non-government organizations (NGOs) of Janet Napoles, the suspected mastermind of the Pork Barrel Scam.
Estrada’s term as senator will end by lunch time of June 30. (Sunnex)