Following the acquittal of former Senator Ramon ‘Bong’ Revilla Jr. from the multibillion-peso pork barrel scam, Senator Jinggoy Estrada also hopes to follow the suit of his former senatorial mate.
On Friday, the Sandiganbayan acquitted Revilla over his case of plunder in relation with the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel scam case. In a statement after his visit to Revilla, Estrada said that the latter’s vindication only gave him more optimism about his own case.
“Sa ngayon, Senator Bong has been vindicated. I hope to follow suit,” Estrada said.
The first division of the anti-graft court found Revilla not guilty of plunder and said that he is not liable for the crime which he has been charged for several years ago. Meanwhile, Janet Lim-Napoles and his former Chief-of-Staff Richard Cambe were then charged by the Sandiganbayan guilty on the same case in relation to the pork barrel scam.
Meanwhile, Estrada is still accused of plunder and graft involving at least Php 183-million in the alleged scam. He is also expecting that the anti-graft court will soon rule in his favor.
Revilla and Estrada are both seeking to return to the Senate in next year’s midterm elections.