Detained Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada should administer the oath of office of his daughter, San Juan Vice Mayor-elect Janella Estrada, in his detention cell if he wants to be present for his daughter’s oath-taking.
Justices of the Sandiganbayan’s Fifth Division made the scathing suggestion in a two-page ruling denying Estrada’s request for a furlough so he can administer his daughter’s oath.
Estrada is detained in Camp Crame because of the P183 million plunder charge leveled against him in connection with the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam.
“Accused-movant Estrada’s presence is not required for his daughter to take her oath of office, as she can take such oath before any official qualified to do so. If accused movant truly desires to administer such oath, he may do so within the premises of his detention place,” the Sandiganbayan said.
“There is no legal basis to support accused-movant’s claim that it is his duty or obligation as a father to administer such oath,” the anti-graft court added.
The Sandiganbayan justices said granting Estrada’s request is tantamount to treating him with kid gloves since the anti-graft court already denied his past motions for furlough.
“It will be a mockery of the justice system if accused-movant Estrada is allowed to leave detention to administer his daughter’s oath of office simply because he desires to do so when such act may actually be done within his proximity in detention or such oath be administrated by another qualified person,” the court said.
“There is no justifiable reason to grant him furlough from his detention for such purpose. Considering that even past motions concerning accused-movant’s official duties have been rejected, there is more reason to deny the instant motion,” it added.