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Granting of furlough to my son more than a gift on my birthday — Erap

“Court furlough to my son Jinggoy more than a gift on my birthday.”
This was how former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada expressed his feelings after the Sandiganbayan Fifth Division allowed detained former Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada to attend his 80th birthday celebration.
In an interview during the inauguration of the newly renovated Quinta Market and Fish Port yesterday, Estrada said he was very happy he would spend his birthday evening celebration with his son Jinggoy at the Manila Hotel.
“It is only a wish from a father to see his son freed but indeed a prayer that he would be back to his normal life as a family man and also as a father to his family,” Estrada said.
For Estrada this was more than a gift on his birthday which he used to celebrate without his son and only a letter from him was read by his grandson that made many in the crowd to shed tears realizing the agony that the Estrada family had been undergoing.
The younger Estrada is detained at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center at Camp Crame in Quezon City over plunder and graft charges he is facing along with several other individuals in connection with the Priority Development Assistance Fund or pork barrel scam seen as politically motivated charges by the  previous administration.
Sandiganbayan court ruled that “over the objection of the prosecution, the court grants the motion in recognition of deeply embedded Filipino customs and traditions, covering respect and regard to parents and the elderly. Moreover, accused Jinggoy Estrada appears to have complied with all the conditions of his detention and no serious adverse reports have reached the court concerning his detention for the last two  years and nine months,” the court said in a minute resolution dated April 10.
“As prayed for, accused Jinggoy Estrada is hereby authorized to attend the 80th birthday of his father at the Manila Hotel on April 19, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., exclusive of travel period, subject to the following conditions,” it added.
Meanwhile,  Estrada marked his 80th birthday yesterday with the inauguration of the newly renovated Quinta Market in Quiapo, the latest public market in the city to undergo complete reconstruction.
Estrada expressed elation that the modernization of Quinta Market had finally been completed to further boost business in Quiapo and expand trading opportunities via the Pasig River through its new fish port and ferry terminal.
“This is what we’ve been envisioning — a modern, convenient and mall-like public market both accessible by land and Pasig River,” the Manila mayor said during yesterday morning’s inauguration ceremonies.
“With a fish port and ferry terminal nearby, we will be able to attract traders and consumers from Metro Manila and nearby provinces, thus boosting business in Quiapo and in the city as a whole,” Estrada added.
Located on Carlos Palanca Street near the Pasig River, Quinta Market has been a popular landmark in Quiapo but its dilapidated state prompted the city government to have it renovated and modernized.
As part of his market rehabilitation program, Estrada reopened April last year the rehabilitated public markets in Sampaloc, Sta. Ana, San Andres and Trabajo.
Estrada said the city government did not spend a single centavo in these projects because these are all under joint venture agreements with private developers; the reconstruction of Quinta Market was undertaken by Marketlife Management and Leasing Corp.
Part of the P150-million rehabilitation of Quinta Market is the construction of a nearby fish port, and later a ferry terminal, that will serve fish traders and barges from various locations, especially Navotas, who will be bringing in fresh produce.
The construction of the ferry terminal, on the other hand, is a joint effort by the city government of Manila and the Philippine Ports Authority as part of the latter’s plan to fully revive passenger ferry service along the Pasig River.
Aside from making the Quinta Market accessible via Pasig River, Estrada said the planned ferry terminal will also help decongest Quezon Boulevard, the major road leading to the traffic-prone Quiapo district, as it will serve as an alternate route for Quiapo-bound commuters and marketgoers.
Similar to the four previously renovated markets, Quinta Market has modern wet and dry sections and stalls, airconditioned restrooms, a food court, fast food restaurants, security cameras and even free Wi-Fi connections, according to City Engineer Rogelio Legazpi.
The building’s second floor is the parking area for customers.
                            

2 comments

  • susan day

    maka mahirap at wise talaga si ERAP!!!!

    susan day Thursday, 20 April 2017 08:57 Comment Link
  • susan day

    maka mahirap at wise talaga si ERAP!!!!

    susan day Thursday, 20 April 2017 08:57 Comment Link

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