THE lawyers of Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada were scolded by Sandiganbayan Fifth Division Justice Rafael Lagos who accused them of delaying his plunder trial in connection with the alleged pork barrel scam.
Lagos, the Sandiganbayan Fifth Division chief, berated Estrada’s lawyers following their submission of a “very late motion” that questioned the draft pre-trial order that their client did not sign.
He said the move was clearly aimed at delaying the trial, but this prompted the cancellation of the trial until the motion of Estrada is resolved.
“It shows that you (just want) the initial trial not to start. If you believe you have a point, you should’ve done that two weeks ago,” said Lagos. “Their client is detained. If they just want to prolong everything, it’s okay with us... Set tayo ng set ayaw n’yo namang matuloy. Bahala kayo.”
Estrada told reporters that he was not delaying his trial especially he is detained at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center.
“As far as we are concerned, we are not delaying the hearing, because I am in detention for already more than three years, Kung ako ang masusunod, gusto ko nang mag-start ’yung hearing para that will give me a chance to prove that I am innocent of all charges leveled against me,” said Estrada.
Estrada was accused of pocketing P182 million in pork barrel barrel funds from alleged commissions and kickbacks.
Estrada disclosed yesterday the need for him to undergo videocolonoscopy to check his colon, rectum, and small intestine.
In a four-page motion, Estrada asked the Sandiganbayan Fifth Division to allow his two-day furlough to do the procedure at the Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan City.
“The doctor advised me to undergo colonoscopy, up and down, gastroscopy tsaka colonoscopy… Mayroon lang mga elevated blood test na nakita, abnormalities din,” Estrada told reporters after his plunder trial was cancelled yesterday.
Videocolonoscopy is a procedure where a camera will be inserted in the patient’s anus.
“Merong elevated blood tests na nakita, may abnormalities but as far as my blood chemistries are concerned, normal naman,” said Estrada.
According to his motion, the preparation requires one whole day although the procedure will take 30 minutes to one hour only.
“Considering the procedure requirement of one day, and post procedure, the accused requests that he be allowed to have two days medical pass,” said Estrada in his motion.
“Two days, kasi siyempre, may preparation pa ‘yun. Ang daming iniinom bago matulog, messy kumbaga,” said Estrada.