It definitely is not sweeter the second time around.
Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada admitted that his incarceration on Monday is more painful and difficult to accept than his arrest 13 years ago, also for plunder.
The senator, who is also charged with several counts of graft in connection with alleged misuse of his pork barrel, insisted he is innocent.
“It [detention]is more painful because the accusations against me have no basis in the first place. I hope that they will also detain all lawmakers who have also endorsed their projects,” Estrada told reporters before leaving his house to surrender to authorities.
He spent the entire weekend and the remaining hours of his freedom on Monday with his family. The senator said the most painful part of being detained is that he will no longer be with his wife and children. He added that he will especially miss his youngest daughter who sleeps beside him at night.
“To be separated with your family is very difficult,” Estrada said.
The senator, members of his family and some staff left Corinthian Hills in San Juan City (Metro Manila) at around 11 a.m. and proceeded to North Greenhills Subdivision, also in the city where his father, former President and now Manila City Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada and his mother Luisa “Loi” Ejercito were waiting.
He immediately entered his father’s house on Polk Street and had a brief private conversation with his parents. Accompanied by them and his family, the senator then proceeded to Camp Crame, the Philippine National Police headquarters in Quezon City, for the booking process.
Although Estrada had said he was ready for jail, his legal team plans to secure him bail.
Plunder is a non-bailable offense but if the senator can prove to the court that the case is weak, he may be allowed to post bail.
Estrada’s legal team is headed by Jose Flaminiano.