Sandiganbayan orders 90-day suspension of Jinggoy

The “Accused Jose “Jinggoy” P. Ejercito Estrada is hereby suspended from his position as Senator of the Republic of the Philippines, and from any other public office which he may now or hereafter be holding for a period of ninety (90) days from receipt of this resolution, unless a motion for reconsideration is seasonably filed,” The Sandiganbayan Fifth Division ordered on Friday signed by division chairman Associate Justice Rolando Jurado, Associate Justice Alexander Gesmundo, and Associate Justice Theresa Dolores Gomez-Estoesta.

Jinggoy’s suspension will be implemented for 90 days. For the span of the said period he will not be unable to carry out his functions and duties.

The Ombudsman asked the Fifth Divisions of the anti-graft court to suspend Estrada “to prevent the accused from committing further acts of malfeasance, tamper with documentary evidence and intimidate or influence witnesses in the case, it is necessary that the accused be suspended from office while thy case is pending in court.”

“The Senate will respect every step in the investigation of this case. We will fully abide by the preventive suspension order issued by the Sandiganbayan and we will implement the order,” Senate President Franklin Drilon said on Friday.

“He is barred from attending sessions, filing bills, holding committee hearings and signing committee reports,” the Senate President added.

Section 5 of RA 7080 or Plunder Law says a public official under any criminal prosecution “in whatever stage of execution and mode of participation, is pending in court, shall be suspended from office.”

While Section 13 of RA 3019 also known as Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act reads “Any public officer against whom any criminal prosecution under avalid information under this Act or under the provision of the Revised Penal Code on bribery is pending in court shall be suspended from Office.”

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