Jinggoy Estrada refuses to enter plea.
Byline: Tetch Torres-Tupas
MANILA -- Senator Jose "Jinggoy" Estrada on Monday refused to enter a plea on allegations of plunder on his involvement in the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam.
As always, the Sandiganbayan Fifth Division entered a plea of not guilty on Estrada's behalf.
In explaining why he opted not to enter a plea, Estrada said he has a pending petition before the Supreme Court questioning the Ombudsman's decision charging him with plunder and 11 counts of violation of the Anti-Graft Law.
"I have a pending petition at the Supreme Court...The Ombudsman committed grave abuse of discretion," Estrada told the Anti-Graft Court during his arraignment.
On 11 counts of graft, Estrada also refused to enter a plea.
Meanwhile, Napoles pleaded not guilty.
Six other co-accused of Estrada were arraigned Monday and they also refused to enter a plea so the court entered "not guilty plea" on their behalf.
Mario Relampagos-11 counts of graft
Rosario Salamida Nunez-11 counts of graft
Lalaine Narag Paule-11 counts of graft
Mariou Dialino Bare-11 counts of graft
Victor Cacal-5 counts of graft
Rhodora Mendoza-5 counts of graft
Those who entered not guilty plea are:
Janet Lim-Napoles-11 counts of graft
Marie Nunez Guanizo-four counts of graft
Romeo Relevo-two counts of graft
Francisco Figura-one count of graft
Rosalinda Lacsamana - one count of graft
Marivic Jover - 1 count of graft
Gondelina Amata - five counts of graft
Gregoria Buenaventura - 6ive counts of graft
Evelyn Sucgang - five counts of graft
Estrada, together with his former staff Pauline Labayen, alleged mastermind Napoles and Napoles' 'errand boy' Richard De Asis are facing P183-million plunder charge.
Like Estrada, Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. also refused to enter a plea on plunder on his alleged involvement in the PDAF scam.
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|Publication:||Philippines Daily Inquirer (Makati City, Philippines)|
|Date:||Jun 30, 2014|
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