- The Ombudsman’s Office of the Special Prosecutor said that there is enough evidence against former Senator Jinggoy Estrada
- The Ombudsman asked the Sandiganbayan to reject Estrada’s motion for leave
- Earlier, Estrada said that those who committed plunder must be punished with the death penalty
Former Senator Jinggoy Estrada committed plunder and there is enough evidence to prove it, the Ombudsman’s Office of the Special Prosecutor said.
KAMI learned that the prosecutor asked the Sandiganbayan’s Fifth Division to reject the former senator’s motion for leave to file a demurrer to evidence with regard to his plunder case.
According to a report by the Philippine Star, the prosecutor insisted that the bank inquiry made by the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) was enough evidence to prove that Estrada committed plunder.
It was seen in the inquiry report that Estrada’s financial and bank transactions have the indications that he actually received 157.6 million kickbacks from Janet Lim-Napoles starting from 2007 to 2012.
CNN Philippines reported before that Estrada said that those who committed plunder must be punishable by death since it is also considered as a heinous crime.
"When I was still a senator nagbotohan kami dyan sa death penalty during the time of President Gloria. I abstained from the votation to abolish the death penalty because I still had an existing plunder case which was punishable by death," Estrada said.
Aside from Estrada, former Senator Bong Revilla and former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile were also involved in the alleged “pork barrel scam” for kickbacking millions from their Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).
However, Estrada and Enrile were able to post bail while their trial is still on-going. Meanwhile, KAMI reported before that the Sandiganbayan has set Revilla free of his plunder case.
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