After over a year of bail hearings, the Sandiganbayan’s Fifth Division has denied Sen. Jose” Jinggoy Estrada’s petition for bail in the P183-million plunder case he is facing in connection with the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel fund scam.
Defense lawyer Alexis Abastillas-Suarez confirmed the anti-graft court’s decision.
Estrada was one of three senators charged in June 2014 in connection with the pork barrel scam, the other two being Senators Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. and Juan Ponce Enrile.
The Sandiganbayan’s First Division denied bail to Revilla in December 2014, but Enrile is out on bail after the Supreme Court granted his bail petition on humanitarian grounds.
Both Estrada and Revilla are detained at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City.