Jinggoy Estrada, former Senator of the Philippines was an “active participant” in the multibillion-peso pork barrel scam, state prosecutors held in a court pleading publicized on Monday. Estrada allegedly received P70.7 million in kickbacks by the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC).
A nine-page comment with a date mark of Feb. 27, the Ombudsman’s Office of the Special Prosecutor requested the Sandiganbayan Fifth Division to discard Estrada’s motion for leave to file a demurrer to evidence that could have allowed him to pursue the dismissal of his plunder case.
The prosecution contended that it had adequate evidence to prove that Estrada committed plunder of public funds in a conspiracy with businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles. They also mentioned an AMLC report revealing “bank/financial transactions were made by Estrada, by himself or either through Pauline Labayen, Carl Dominic Labayen and Juan T. Ng, within 30 days from the dates mentioned in DDRs (daily disbursement reports) and the summary of rebates.”
“Out of the P183,793,750.00 reflected in the DDRs and summary of rebates, the amount of P70,748,750.00 was confirmed by the AMLC to have been received by Estrada,”
“Such verification and confirmation by the AMLC is nothing less than corroborative to the testimony on record that indeed Estrada received kickbacks/commissions, therefore amassing, accumulating and acquiring ill-gotten wealth,” prosecutors added.
State prosecutors further stated that they were able to verify “accumulated ill-gotten wealth” amounting to at least P55.8 million, a computation that the court devised when it previously denied Estrada bail last January 2016.
However, the antigraft court later overturned the ruling and denied Estrada’s motion to dismiss the case, allowing the accused to post bail in September 2017.
As the son of Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, he is accused of plunder and 11 counts of graft for larceny of P183.79 million from his PDEA allocation from 2004 to 2010. The wide-ranging scheme allegedly perpetrated by Napoles in complicity with several lawmakers.
The prosecutors also disproved Estrada’s claim that there was no evidence that he was the “main plunderer,” an argument used by the other accused in plunder cases.
“Each of the conspirators is the agent of all the others. Hence, they are all equally liable,” prosecutors concluded.
Estrada is now wanting to return to the Senate through May’s midterm elections