Over 150 cops to secure Estrada's arraignment

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

MANILA -- More than 150 policemen will be deployed around the Sandiganbayan on Monday to maintain peace and order before, during and after the arraignment of detained Senator Jinggoy Estrada for plunder and graft cases filed against him in relation to the pork barrel scam.

Estrada, together with his co-accused - alleged scam mastermind Janet Napoles, is set to attend the reading of charges.

Napoles had entered a not guilty plea against the plunder and graft cases in connection with the alleged misuse of Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr.'s Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) allocation.

“The Philippine National Police (PNP) is all set, kasado na ang aktibidad bukas (Monday), ang pagdadala sa mga akusado sa korte ganun na rin ‘yung pagpapanatili ng kaayusan sa mga lugar na kanilang dadaanan pati na rin ang safety ng mga hukom na didinig sa kaso,” PNP spokesman Chief Superintendent Reuben Theodore Sindac said.

Sindac said they have tapped the Quezon City Police District to control the crowd, most especially the supporters of Estrada, and the traffic along Commonwealth Avenue where Sandiganbayan is located.

Estrada will be brought from the custodial center in Camp Crame in Quezon City, while Napoles will come from Fort Sto. Domingo in Sta. Rosa, Laguna where she is detained for the serious illegal detention case filed against her by pork barrel scam whistleblower Benhur Luy.

Senator Estrada surrendered to his father, former President now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, on June 23 after the court ordered his arrest. He was later turned over to the PNP. (Sunnex)

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