Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada has asked the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan’s Fifth Division to allow him leave his place of detention for four hours on June 4 in order to be with his mother, former Sen. Loi Ejercito Estrada, on her 86th birthday.
The younger Estrada is detained at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center in Camp Crame over plunder and graft charges he is facing in connection with the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel scam.
“For all the years of accused’s life the Estrada family have been always together on this special occasion except last year when accused was not allowed by the Court,” the defense said in a four-page motion filed on Friday.
“Accused-movant now makes this appeal to the Court with the hope that the Court and the prosecution will understand the humanitarian need for a family to be together with friends on this occasion,” it said.
Estrada’s camp then asked the court to grant him a pass on June 4 from 8 p.m. to 12 midnight to leave his place of detention under escort of the PNP Custodial Center personnel.
The senator also has a pending request for the court to let him go to the Senate starting the week of May 30 up to June 2 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. in order to wind up his affairs there and to oversee the removal of all his business and personal effects before his term ends on June 30.