FOR lack of merit, the Sandiganbayan has denied the motion for reconsideration filed by former Senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada of the court’s decision not to dismiss the “redundant” graft cases against him.
In a resolution, the Fifth Division said its decision not to dismiss the graft cases against Estrada is just proper because graft and plunder are two different charges.
Estrada, who is facing charges over the pork barrel fund scam, had asked the Sandiganbayan to dismiss the graft cases allegedly because these were deemed “absorbed” in the plunder charge already.
Estrada has a pending plunder case and 11 counts of graft for allegedly amassing P183 million worth of commission from projects funded by his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel.
But the Sandiganbayan, which insisted there is no redundancy, denied Estrada’s appeal prompting him to file a motion for reconsideration.
In the latest ruling, the anti-graft court said it has denied Estrada’s motion for reconsideration for lack of merit.
The court castigated the former senator for citing court cases which failed to assist him in his argument to dismiss his 11 counts of graft charges allegedly because these should not be considered as separate crimes from his plunder case.