Jinggoy: Don't arrest me at home

Posted at 06/17/14 9:20 PM

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MANILA - Senator Jinggoy Estrada is resigned to the fact he could be arrested and detained anytime after being charged with plunder in connection with the pork barrel scam.

Because he had a similar experience in 2001 when he and former President Joseph Estrada were arrested also on plunder charges, the younger Estrada has taken steps to ensure an orderly surrender to authorities.

"I have already spoken with a ranking policeman, a general in Camp Crame," he said. "Ang sabi ko, 'you don't need to arrest me, you don't need to go to my house kasi baka ma-trauma iyung mga anak ko eh, especially iyung maliit na anak ko. Just tell me where to go and I am willing to go there."
Indeed, Estrada has it all planned, down to his routine during the long, lonely days while in detention at the Camp Crame custodial center.

"Siguro, doon sa loob na lang ako mag-eensayo to stay physically fit," he said. "Mananatili akong sexy lagi."

Although it will be small and bare, Estrada said he has no complaints about the cell prepared for him and his co-accused in the pork barrel scam.

He might ask the court and jail authorities, though, for a television set -- preferably with cable connection.

Despite the gravity of the charges and the prospect of going to jail without bail, Estrada manages to joke about his situation.

But he can't hide his bitterness toward his fellow senators who joined the call for his prosecution.

Among them is his brother, Senator JV Ejercito, the only minority member who signed the Blue Ribbon Committee report.

"Sana inisip na lang niya kung ano ang mararamdaman ng tatay namin sa pagpirma niya ng committee report," he said.

Estrada said he no longer talks to his brother.

But as certain as he is of his arrest, Estrada said he is equally certain he will be acquitted of the charges in the end. - with ANC