COURT allowS Jinggoy To vote in San Juan

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The Sandiganbayan’s Fifth Division granted Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada’s request that he be allowed to vote in San Juan City on May 9. “The Court take judicial notice that the Supreme Court allowed Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to vote at her voter’s precinct at Pampanga. In the incident at bar, the Court allows the accused-movant to vote at his voter’s precinct at San Juan City on national positions only in view of the Temporary Restraining Order issued by the Supreme Court on detainee voting on the local level. This authority is subject further to the condition that there is no existing polling precinct at the PNP Custodial Center where he can vote,” the court said in a resolution dated May 5. The court directed PNP Director General Ricardo Marquez, in coordination with the court sheriffs, to provide adequate personal escorts and security measures in all of Estrada’s movements and dispositions. Estrada shall be transported from his detention cell not earlier than 11 a.m. to Xavier School, where he can stay until 1 p.m. on May 9. Thereafter he shall be brought back to his detention cell. News interviews are not allowed. However, the court thumbed down his plea to attend the miting de avance of his daughter Janella Ejercito – who is running for Vice Mayor in San Juan – on May 7.

REINA TOLENTINO

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