Senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada on Monday voluntarily surrendered at the Camp Crame after the anti-graft court issued an arrest warrant against him.
The Sandiganbayan Fifth Division on Monday issued the arrest warrant for plunder and graft cases filed against him for his alleged involvement in the so-called pork barrel scam.
“I have no choice but to submit myself to the rule of law as I have done before,” Estrada said in a television interview.
Estrada left the house of his father, former President Erap Estrada who is now the mayor of Manila. The senator’s mother Former Sen. Loi Estrada, his wife and children and select supporters and friends also came to accompany him.
At Camp Crame, the senator when through a booking process.
Estrada earlier slammed the “selective justice” being exercised by the government, saying that only the three of them were the focus of the investigation and persecution.
“Bakit kaming tatlo lang ang focus e marami pang legislators ang nandun [Why should the focus be just on the three of us when there are many legislators involved]. Why did they concentrate only on the alleged Napoles NGOS, why not the others?” Estrada lamented.
“Maybe, I was careless in endorsing the NGOs. Honestly, have I known that these NGOs were bogus, why should I allot my PDAF to them? It should be the implementing agencies which should determine whether if they are bogus or legitimate. It should be the fault of the implementing agencies,” he added.
Estrada also thanked his supporters and reiterated his innocence in the charges against him.
“Thanks to my supporters… hindi sila nakakalimot sakin at sa aking pamilya. Rest assured that hindi ako susuko sa laban na ito dahil wala akong kasalanan. I never stole a single cent [Thanks to my supporters…They never forget me and my family. Rest assured that I will continue this battle because I did nothing wrong. I never stole a single cent],” he said.
“I will prove to you once again that I am innocent of the charges filed against me. I’m tired. Parang mental torture na itong nangyayari [What happened is like a mental torture to me],” he said.
The Sandiganbayan Third Division, meanwhile, is also expected to release warrant for the arrest of Senator Juan Ponce Enrile today (Monday, June 23). The Sandiganbayan First Division last Friday ordered the arrest of Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. The three senators are facing plunder and graft cases for their alleged involvement in the multi-billion peso pork barrel scam.