Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada will be undergoing a two-hour therapy program twice a week in two weeks because of pain on his left shoulder.
The therapy program, which will be conducted at Cardinal Santos Memorial Hospital in Greenhills, San Juan City, started on Tuesday and will last until the first week of December.
Estrada is facing a P183-million plunder case in connection with the pork barrel scam and is detained at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center in Camp Crame in Quezon City.
“After due consideration of both oral and written arguments of the parties, and for humanitarian reason, the court resolves to grant accused movant’s prayer over the objection of the prosecution,” the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan wrote.
The deal was subject to several conditions.
The court ordered PNP Director General Alan Purisima to provide, in coordination with court sheriffs, adequate personal escorts and security measures in all of Estrada’s movements.
“The Philippine National Police shall see to it that accused Estrada will not go to any other place other than the Cardinal Santos Memorial Hospital at Greenhills, San Juan City,” the Sandiganbayan said.
Also, the court said, the senator will be transported today to the Physical Therapy Department of the hospital not earlier than 8 a.m., must not go beyond 11 a.m. and shall be returned immediately to his place of detention.
Estrada shall shoulder all the expenses to be incurred by the PNP for the duration of the therapy until he is returned to his detention cell.
Use of any means of communication or electronic devices such as phones and cellphones and the Internet shall be under the control and supervision of the detailed PNP security.
News interviews are not allowed under the court resolution.
The two-page resolution was signed and approved by Fifth Division Chairman Roland Jurado and Associate Justices Alexander Gesmundo and Ma. Theresa Dolores Gomez-Estoesta.