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Jinggoy seeks 5-day family vacation in HK

A five day vacation in Hong Kong with his family was sought by former Sen. Jinggoy Estrada before the Sandiganbayan.
In his motion, Estrada, who has just returned from Singapore after accompanying his father former president and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, said the trip abroad was a long desired family bonding holiday trip of his family.
The motion which was filed before the Sandiganbayan Fifth Division asked the court to permit him along with his wife Precy and their children Janella, Jolo, Julian and Jill to travel to Hong Kong from December 26 to 31.
The trip abroad according to the motion was a promise by Estrada to his family shortly after the anti-graft court permitted him to post bail for his one count of plunder and 11 counts of graft last September 16.
The motion stated that Hongkong was chosen as the area for the long promised trip by Estrada to his family because its easy to secure a flight and hotel bookings as well.
It further explained that after Estrada was allowed to post bail for his temporary liberty his family has been longing for bonding outside the country and the coming Christmas holiday was the most opportune time for them to have it.
The former senator said his recent trip to Singapore, where he accompanied his father, for a medical check-up should be sufficient evidence that he will not evade his case.
The former lawmaker, who posted P2.6-million travel bond for the Singapore trip, said he is willing to abide by the conditions of the Sandiganbayan for the trip to push through.
He added that the anti-graft court will be given a full copy of the family’s itinerary in Hong Kong once the travel motion is approved.
Estrada said he will furnish the court the itinerary once the court approve the travel abroad being requested but said he intends to stay at the Marco Polo chain of hotels in Hong Kong.
Estrada has to ask the permission of the court for every time he wants to leave the country.
He is facing plunder and 11 counts of graft for allegedly pocketing P183.79 million worth of kickbacks by allocating his Priority Development Assistance Fund to fake non-government organizations allegedly owned by Janet Lim Napoles.
The former senator was freed on September 16 despite the non-bailable charges of plunder after a special division of five justices ruled there was not sufficient evidence as of yet to prove he’s the main plunderer. He posted a P1.33 million bail for his temporary freedom.
Last November 5 the court has allowed him to travel to Singapore to accompany his father, Mayor Estrada, for a medical trip.

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