Sandigan upholds freeze order on Estrada's assets

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Senator Jinggoy Estrada (File photo)

MANILA -- The Sandiganbayan fifth division upheld Monday an order to freeze the assets of Senator Jose "Jinggoy" Estrada, who is facing a plunder case in connection with the pork barrel scam, pending the resolution of his cases.

In a resolution, the anti-graft court denied Estrada's motion for consideration for lack of merit, paving a way for the court to order a preliminary attachment/garnishment against his properties.

The order to freeze P183-million worth of his assets, which is equivalent to Estrada's alleged loot in the pork barrel scam, will prevent him from disposing of his properties pending the resolution of his cases.

Estrada's camp earlier said that the issuance of the writ of preliminary attachment/garnishment against his properties "has no legal leg to stand on" and "is devoid of any factual basis" as state prosecutors only rely on the computer records of pork barrel scam principal witness Benhur Luy.

Earlier, government lawyers cited the need to secure the assets of Estrada, especially since the court found probable cause to pursue the cases.

In a report by the Anti-Money Laundering Council, Estrada reportedly got hold of P157.6 million of dirty money, a portion of it was obtained using possible dummy accounts under the name of "Juan T. Ng."

Estrada is currently detained at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City. (Sunnex)

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