MANILA, Philippines – Since being detained for plunder cases, senators Ramon Revilla Jr and Jinggoy Estrada, along with former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, have made numerous appeals before the Sandiganbayan for time-out from detention.
Previous appeals made by these officials included medical check-ups, holiday breaks, and attendance of important occasions with family and friends.
Some of the requests were granted, particularly those that had to do with health – either the health condition of the detained officials, or that of their relatives. The Sandiganbayan cited "humanitarian reasons" for granting these requests.
Arroyo is luckier, as her appeals for holiday breaks were also granted by the court. At present, 10 out of the 15 sitting Sandiganbayan justices were appointed by Arroyo.
As for Revilla and Estrada Revilla, the Sandiganbayan divisions handling their cases (1st and 5th divisions, respectively) have two Arroyo-appointed members and one Aquino-appointed member each. (READ: The justices behind the pork barrel cases)
Listed below are some of the motions for furlough (or time-out from detention) filed by these officials in the past, as well as the response of the anti-graft court on each request.
Photo courtesy of the office of Senator Revilla
Photo from the staff of Senator Revilla
File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler
Photo from Estrada's Facebook page
Photo from Estrada's Twitter page
Rappler file photo
Revilla and Estrada are detained at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame over plunder and graft charges in connection with the pork barrel scam.
Meanwhile, Arroyo has been detained over a plunder case in relation to the alleged misuse of P366 million ($8.28 million) in Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) intelligence funds during her term. – Rappler.com