The Sandiganbayan’s Fifth Division granted a change of schedule in Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada’s medical examinations and gave the senator a furlough from Wednesday afternoon until Thursday evening.
It earlier allowed Estrada to leave the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center in Camp Crame in Quezon City where he is detained and proceed to the Cardinal Santos Memorial Hospital in nearby San Juan City from Tuesday night at 10 p.m.
The senator had sought check-ups to rule out any cardiac or gastrointestinal issues as recommended by his personal physician.
He, however, was unable to leave his place of detention Tuesday night, prompting his lawyers to file on Wednesday morning an urgent motion for a change of schedule.
Estrada’s lawyers said their client’s physician, Dr. Regina Bagsic, informed him Tuesday night that “part of the recommended procedures is invasive in nature and will require cardiac and neurological clearance for the same being done.”
Attached to the urgent motion was a certification from Bagsic.
“This required clearance can be done today,” the defense said, adding that the preparation for the procedure will be done on Thursday and the procedure itself, on Friday.
But the anti-graft court ruled in open court on Wednesday morning to grant the senator a furlough from Wednesday at 1 p.m. and only until Thursday at 6 p.m. to undergo the medical examinations.
Estrada is facing a P183-million plunder case in connection with the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel scam.