Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday gave the go signal for the Sandiganbayan and the Office of the Ombudsman to proceed with the trial of Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada for plunder.
The High Court stood pat on its ruling upholding the filing of the plunder and graft complaints against the senator for allegedly receiving kickbacks from his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel.
During deliberations, the SC en banc junked Estrada’s motion for reconsideration, noting that the lawmaker failed to present substantial arguments to warrant the reversal of the earlier ruling.
Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza did not take part in the deliberations because he handled the case when he was the Solicitor General.
The SC also junked Estrada’s petition questioning the issuance of a warrant for his arrest.
Estrada is detained at the Philippine National Police custodial center.