Jinggoy wants to perform duty as senator in 2016 elections
Senator Jinggoy Estrada arrives at the Sandiganbayan in Quezon City on Monday, June 30, for his arraignment over the plunder charges filed against him and businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles in connection with the alleged P10-B pork barrel scam. (MNS photo)
MANILA (Mabuhay) – Detained Senator Jinggoy Estrada is seeking the Sandiganbayan’s approval to allow him to participate in the coming elections.
In an urgent motion filed before the anti-graft court’s Fifth Division on Friday, Estrada expressed interest in performing his senatorial duty in the canvassing of votes for the presidential and vice presidential candidates.
Under Section 4 of Article 7 of the 1987 Constitution, the return of every election for the president and vice president will be transmitted to Congress. The Senate President shall open the certificates of canvass in the presence of members of the Senate and the House of Representatives.
“Senator Estrada has no intention of shirking from his duty as a senator and his constitutional mandate with respect to the impending election of president and vice, president of the Republic of the Philippines,” read the motion.
Estrada, who chairs the Senate’s Committee on Labor, Employment and Human Resources Development, has spent almost half of his term in jail after he was detained at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center for plunder, a non-bailable offense, over the pork barrel scam.
The senator allegedly pocketed P183.793 million from his pork barrel fund by giving the money to bogus non-government organizations (NGOs).(MNS)