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Jinggoy’s 'misrepresentation'

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A few days ago, the fifth division of the Philippines graft court, the Sandiganbayan, granted a petition of out-on-bail former senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada (real name: Jose Pimentel Ejercito), son of conviced plunderer former President now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada (real name: Joseph Marcelo Ejercito) and former First Lady and senator Luisa P. Estrada, to travel and vacation for one month to the United States. The main reason for Estrada’s petition was an invitation supposedly to be the guest speaker of the Filipino-American group called the US Pinoys for Good Governance (USPGG) headed by lawyer-businesswoman Loida Nicolas Lewis, chairperson, and lawyer Rodel Rodis, president, in its general assembly on May 20 in Sterling Heights in Michigan.


Lewis, a known critic of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, and Rodis, also a columnist, however, denied extending the invitation for the ex-senator who is still facing plunder and graft charges before the Sandiganbayan and is out on P1.3 million bail, pointing out that the USPGG’s Michigan chapter headed by William Dechavez which reportedly wrote the invitation was not authorized to make such invitation to the ex-senator for their general meeting.“USPGG did not invite Jinggoy Estrada to speak in Michigan under USPGG nor is any program being planned by USPGG Michigan, since Willie Dechavez is on vacation in the Philippines,” Lewis and Rodis pointed out in a statement.


The question now that is being raised is did Jinggoy Estrada, who is gearing up for a campaign to return to the Senate via the 2019 elections, lie to the court in view of the denial by Lewis and Rodis, well known FilAm leaders? The graft court should respond immediately to the revelation of Lewis and Rodis, who are both lawyers, considering that there could be some misrepresentation, a grave offense, on the matter. Lewis and Rodis, meanwhile, were reported to be planning to file a petition before the Sandiganbayan seeking to rescind the travel authority of Estrada who, in the first place should not have been granted bail considering that plunder is a non-bailable offense.

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