Estrada asks court to go back to once a week hearings

Senator Jinggoy Estrada leaves the residence of his father, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, in Greenhills, San Juan on Monday, June 23, to proceed to Camp Crame to surrender following the issuance of an arrest warrant against him and several others in connection with the alleged pork barrel scam. (MNS photo)

Senator Jinggoy Estrada leaves the residence of his father, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, in Greenhills, San Juan on Monday, June 23, to proceed to Camp Crame to surrender following the issuance of an arrest warrant against him and several others in connection with the alleged pork barrel scam. (MNS photo)

MANILA, Aug 17 (Mabuhay) – Senator Jinggoy Estrada’s lawyers asked the Sandiganbayan 5th Division to revert to the 4-hour once a week hearings instead of the current thrice a week hearings with 20 to 40 minutes allotted per day.

In its motion submitted to the court, Estrada’s camp said that “this change of hearing time per week slowed down the hearing on the bail petition of the accused instead of it being accelerated.”

The court earlier decided to hold 3 hearing days per week after Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales asked for faster bail hearings.

The prosecution is set to receive and reply to the motion of Estrada.

Meantime, prosecution witness Dario Sabilano, a special investigator of the National Bureau of Investigation, continued his direct testimony on his forensic report on the files inside the external hard drive of whistleblower Benhur Luy.

Sabilano identified a particular file in Luy’s ledger which was supposedly created on September 1, 2004 but was last revised on June 20, 2013. Due to lack of time, Sabilano will continue his testimony tomorrow. (MNS)

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