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COC filing: Comebacks, gimmicks that 'shookt' Filipinos

Oct 20, 2018 - 4:35 PM

The filing of certificates of candidacy for the 2019 elections has its share of eyebrow-raising moments

3 ex-senators charged in pork barrel scam running in 2019

Oct 17, 2018 - 10:25 AM

(UPDATED) Ramon Revilla Jr is currently detained, while Jinggoy Estrada and Juan Ponce Enrile are out on bail

RUNNING IN 2019. Former senators Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr, Juan Ponce Enrile, and Jinggoy Estrada.

Comelec updates, less time on Facebook, Harry and Meghan | Evening wRap

Oct 16, 2018 - 9:44 PM

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Jinggoy Estrada files COC for senator with dad Erap

Oct 16, 2018 - 1:45 PM

Former senator Jinggoy Estrada says he wants himself and his half-brother, reelectionist Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito, to win in 2019

Jinggoy Estrada files his Certificate of Candidacy for Senator on October 16, 2018, at the Comelec office in Manila. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

JV Ejercito leaves Erap's party over feud with Jinggoy

Oct 08, 2018 - 1:14 PM

Senator JV Ejercito says he and his father have not spoken 'for a long time now' following Jinggoy's announcement of his own Senate bid. 'Hindi lang tampo, masama talaga loob ko.'

AMLC report can be used vs Jinggoy Estrada – SC

Oct 07, 2018 - 5:12 PM

The Anti-Money Laundering Council report alleges that ex-senator Jinggoy Estrada received at least P157.6 million in kickbacks through the pork barrel scam

ADMISSIBLE. Former Senator Jinggoy Estrada arrives at the Sandiganbayan on September 25, 2017, to attend hearing on his plunder case. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOCUMENTS: SC decision, dissent in upholding Estrada plunder

Aug 24, 2018 - 8:23 PM

Justices Velasco, Bersamin, Peralta, and Reyes are the dissenters

Former Senator Jinggoy Estrada attends heraing on his plunder case at the Sandiganbayan on Monday. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Bersamin, Velasco wanted to acquit Jinggoy Estrada in plunder case

Aug 24, 2018 - 7:18 PM

Justices Peralta and Reyes point to a deficiency in the plunder charge, but say it is already moot. It is a narrow 6-4-4 decision that upholds the charge.

PLUNDER CASE. Associate Justices Presbitero Velasco Jr and Lucas Bersamin voted to acquit Jinggoy Estrada of plunder, while Associate Justices Diosdado Peralta and Andres Reyes Jr pointed to the deficiency of the plunder charge.

2019 senatorial elections, Typhoon Gardo, Prince Louis baptism | Evening wRap

Jul 09, 2018 - 10:54 PM

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Grace Poe retains solo lead in Pulse Asia survey on 2019 race

Jul 09, 2018 - 12:40 PM

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio, ex-top cop Ronald dela Rosa, and former senator Lito Lapid are among the other probable winners in the senatorial race, if elections were held during the June 15 to 21 polling period

Senator Grace Poe during the MRT 3 issues hearing where former DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya was questioned at the Office of the Senate in Pasay City on Monday, May 15, 2017. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Grace Poe leads in Pulse Asia poll on 2019 senatorial race

Apr 20, 2018 - 11:02 AM

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, ex-top cop Ronald dela Rosa, and Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos are among the probable winners in the senatorial race, if elections were held during the March 23 to 28 polling period

NUMBER 1. Senator Grace Poe tops Pulse Asia's latest survey on the May 2019 senatorial elections. File photo by Jay Morales

JV over Jinggoy: Pimentel chooses Ejercito in PDP-Laban initial lineup

Apr 19, 2018 - 4:00 PM

(UPDATED) 'We have to give credit where credit is due,' says Senate and PDP-Laban president Aquilino Pimentel III

2019. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III chooses reelectionist Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito over Jinggoy Estrada in the PDP-Laban initial slate. Photos by Angie Silva/Rappler

Malacañang on PES official, PCOO on Facebook fact-checking, Comey on Trump | Evening wRap

Apr 16, 2018 - 8:38 PM

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Jinggoy Estrada faces contempt for ‘fake’ invite to the USA

Apr 16, 2018 - 2:35 PM

It is a simple travel motion to the United States that is already granted by the court. But misrepresentations prompt the prosecution to ask that the former senator be cited in contempt.

Former Senator Jinggoy Estrada with Lawyers as he attends hearing on his plunder case at the Sandiganbayan on October 2, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Imee, Jinggoy show up with Duterte at Palarong Pambansa 2018 opening

Apr 15, 2018 - 7:10 PM

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos and former senator Jinggoy Estrada are both eyeing a possible Senate candidacy in 2019

SENATORIAL CANDIDATES? Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos and former senator Jinggoy Estrada show up at the Palarong Pambansa 2018 opening. Screenshot from RTVM

Sibling rivalry: Jinggoy, JV to run for senator in 2019

Apr 10, 2018 - 10:01 PM

The estranged half brothers are so far set to run for the same post, with neither of the two expressing intention to back down

Photos by Angie Silva/Rappler

Estrada PDAF puts gov't firm's ex-officials in hot water

Apr 01, 2018 - 5:06 PM

COA says two ex-officials of a Zambaonga del Norte government firm were liable for the illegal transfer of former senator Jinggoy Estrada's PDAF

DISAPPOINTED. The usually jolly Jinggoy Estrada is visibly disappointed on April 17, 2017 after the Sandiganbayan 5th Division denied his request to stay at his father's birthday party longer. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Napoles jumps on 'main plunderer' bandwagon, asks SC for bail again

Feb 22, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles files a supplemental petition using a principle that has worked for two plunder defendants in the past

MAIN PLUNDERER. Janet Lim Napoles files another petition at the Supreme Court, this time using a principle that has helped other plunder defendants.

Will Jinggoy run for Senate? ‘Not sure, but I’m going around town’

Jan 08, 2018 - 12:19 PM

Despite facing plunder charges, the former senator figures in the winning circle should senatorial elections be held now, according to surveys

Former Senator Jinggoy Estrada arrives at the Sandiganbayan on September 25, 2017, to attend hearing on his plunder case. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Philippines’ 12 biggest cases of 2017

Dec 16, 2017 - 3:18 PM

From jailing a sitting senator to debating the constitutionality of the Duterte administration's war on drugs, look back at the high-stakes judgments, decisions, and preliminary investigations of 2017

BIGGEST CASES. Characters of the pork barrel scam are back on the spotlight while their 'jailer' Leila de Lima ends up in prison for 3 counts of drug trade.

Jinggoy asks court nod for Hong Kong family holiday

Dec 06, 2017 - 12:22 PM

'The family has been longing for bonding outside of the country,' plunder defendant Jinggoy Estrada tells the court

FAMILY PHOTO. Former senator Jinggoy Estrada with wife Precy and children after he completes the procedures for his release at the Sandiganbayan on September 16, 2017. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Sandiganbayan affirms Jinggoy Estrada bail grant

Nov 16, 2017 - 12:40 PM

'The court believes that the evidence presented by the prosecution in the bail hearings did not sufficiently establish that the accused was one of the main actors or masterminds in the so-called PDAF scam,' says the anti-graft court

FREE FOR NOW. Former Senator Jinggoy Estrada attends his hearing at the Sandiganbayan on September 18 as a free man. This was two days after he was granted bail by the Special 5th Division. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Jinggoy Estrada accuses Ombudsman investigator of extort try in 2013

Oct 02, 2017 - 1:18 PM

Estrada, however, says his testimony will not be necessary if an investigation is indeed launched against the Office of the Ombudsman

PLUNDER HEARING. Former Senator Jinggoy Estrada confers with lawyers as he attends the hearing on his plunder case at the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan on October 2, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Ex-Sandiganbayan chief argues for reversal of Jinggoy bail

Oct 02, 2017 - 12:06 PM

'It is very elementary that, in conspiracy, the act of one is the act of all,' Sandoval tells his former juniors at the anti-graft court

JINGGOY BAIL. Chief Special Prosecutor Edilberto Sandoval argues before the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan, of which he was the former presiding justice, to reverse the bail grant to Jinggoy Estrada. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Jinggoy Estrada’s pork scam graft trial finally begins

Sep 25, 2017 - 3:19 PM

Estrada starts his nationwide thank you tour in the Visayas in one to two months' time

GRAFT TRIAL. Former Senator Jinggoy Estrada attends the first day of his graft trial at the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan on September 25, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Ombudsman chief prosecutor downplays politics in Jinggoy’s bail grant

Sep 19, 2017 - 1:29 PM

Chief Special Prosecutor Edilberto Sandoval is a former Sandiganbayan justice who once voted to approve the grant of bail to plunder defendant Carlos Garcia

NO POLITICS? Chief Special Prosecutor Edilberto Sandoval says he trusts that his former fellow justices of the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan cannot be controlled by politics. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

The real issue behind Senator Jinggoy Estrada’s bail release

Sep 18, 2017 - 9:00 PM

The senator, accused of plunder, deserves to be released since he is not yet convicted. But this reasoning should apply as well to poor Filipinos in prolonged trial detention.

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Sep 18, 2017 - 7:11 PM

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After Jinggoy, Napoles and Revilla will now move for bail too

Sep 18, 2017 - 2:28 PM

(UPDATED) 'Mas maganda na dahil luminaw na sa Arroyo case. ‘Yun ang parang magiging guide,' Napoles' lawyer says

PORK BARREL SCAM. Jinggoy Estrada's bail grant gives the camps of Janet Lim Napoles and Bong Revilla an additional push in their respective bids for bail.

Jinggoy Estrada bail shows Duterte 'dictatorship' – De Lima

Sep 16, 2017 - 6:45 PM

Detained Senator Leila de Lima says the 'trademark impunity' of the executive branch under President Duterte 'appears to have found its way into the judiciary'

JUSTICE? Senator Leila de Lima was the DOJ chief who oversaw the filing of plunder and graft charges against former senator Jinggoy Estrada. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Jinggoy Estrada 'praying hard' buddy Bong Revilla freed next

Sep 16, 2017 - 4:22 PM

(UPDATED) 'Sabi ko lakasan niya loob niya, at balang araw ay makakamit din niya ang kanyang kalayaan,' says former senator Jinggoy Estrada, recalling his words of encouragement to his buddy, detained former senator Bong Revilla

OUT ON BAIL. Former senator Jinggoy Estrada waves to his supporters and the media after leaving the PNP Custodial Center on September 16, 2017. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

Jinggoy Estrada eyes PH-wide 'thank you tour'

Sep 16, 2017 - 3:26 PM

'I deny all the allegations against me. Wala po akong ninakaw,' former senator Jinggoy Estrada reiterates after gaining temporary freedom

FREEDOM. Former senator Jinggoy Estrada waves to his supporters and members of the press after going out of PNP Custodial Center on September 16, 2017 to pay his bail worth P1.33 million for plunder and graft charges. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

Fans, friends celebrate 'freedom' of Jinggoy Estrada

Sep 16, 2017 - 1:18 PM

Supporters celebrate the temporary freedom of former senator Jinggoy Estrada

Jinggoy Estrada free for now

Sep 16, 2017 - 10:25 AM

(2ND UPDATE) Former senator Jinggoy Estrada posts a P1.33-million bail for plunder and graft charges stemming from the pork barrel scam

FAMILY PHOTO. Forner senator Jinggoy Estrada with wife Precy and children after he completes the procedures for his release at the Sandiganbayan on September 16, 2017. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Will Jinggoy’s bail be approved? Bong believes so, jokes he’s packing up

Sep 14, 2017 - 12:12 PM

UPDATED Nalulungkot ako dahil iiwan na ko ni Senator Jinggoy Medyo nagbabalot balot na Revilla says when asked on the court s impending decision on Estrada s bail

FOLLOW JINGGOY. Detained former senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr says he will likely follow the footsteps of former colleague Jinggoy Estrada and file a 2nd petition for bail. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Sandiganbayan forms special division to decide on Jinggoy's bail

Sep 12, 2017 - 7:28 PM

This means that there was an impasse among the 3 justices of the 5th Division and that a decision may be forthcoming soon

BAIL PLEA. File photo of detained former senator Jinggoy Estrada on one of his furloughs granted by the court in his 3-year detention where he was given permission to attend the high school graduation of his son. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler


Still no trial for Jinggoy Estrada; urges court to grant bail

Sep 04, 2017 - 12:15 PM

UPDATED The President knows what he is talking about being a prosecutor before says Estrada of Duterte who said he and Revilla should be granted bail

POSTPONED AGAIN. After a deferment of his plunder trial last July,  detained former senator Jinggoy Estrada's graft trial is also deferred to September 25. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

After Duterte speech, Revilla to ask for bail in plunder case

Aug 31, 2017 - 1:58 PM

Nagpapasalamat tayo kay Pangulong Duterte at least na oobserbahan din pala niya says Revilla

BAIL FOR PLUNDER. File photo of former senator Bong Revilla attending a hearing on his plunder trial at anti-graft court Sandiganbayan. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'Bickering' leads to another postponement of Jinggoy's plunder trial

Jul 17, 2017 - 11:20 AM

We are not delaying the hearing because I am in detention for already more than 3 years Estrada defends his camp

POSTPONED AGAIN. Detained former senator Jinggoy Estrada denies their camp is intentionally delaying the start of his plunder trial, which was postponed on July 17, 2017 to another day when the court resolves their late-notice motion. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

DOJ sets up task force for new pork barrel scam probe

Jun 26, 2017 - 11:21 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says the task force is set up to correct the miscarriage of justice in the probe carried out by the Aquino administration

Ball starts rolling at last for PDAF scam plunder trials

Jun 22, 2017 - 7:20 PM

After Bong Revilla s plunder trial Jinggoy Estrada is next to be followed by former representative Edgar Valdez

Anti-graft court orders AMLC to open records for Jinggoy Estrada defense

Jun 15, 2017 - 10:08 PM

The Sandiganbayan says the ex senator s right to access information to prove his innocence outweighs the bank secrecy law being invoked by the anti money laundering body

Jinggoy Estrada allowed to have private hospital checkup

May 17, 2017 - 4:48 PM

The Sandiganbayan allows the detained former senator to undergo X ray and Magnetic Resonance Imaging of his right shoulder

HEALTH ISSUES. Detained former senator Jinggoy Estrada complains of extreme pain in his right shoulder 4 months after he had medical examinations done on his left knee. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Jinggoy Estrada seeks court permission for shoulder checkup

May 15, 2017 - 12:40 PM

The former senator who remains detained at Camp Crame wants to go to the hospital for extreme pain in his right shoulder

HEALTH ISSUES. Detained former senator Jinggoy Estrada complains of extreme pain in his right shoulder four months after he had medical examinations on his left knee. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

SC denies Jinggoy's motion for reconsideration in plunder trial

Apr 25, 2017 - 3:25 PM

The High Court says Estrada does not raise any new and substantive arguments to merit a reconsideration

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Jinggoy Estrada's plunder case moves to trial

Apr 17, 2017 - 12:55 PM

Estrada is the 3rd lawmaker charged in the pork barrel scam to proceed to trial for plunder

DISAPPOINTED. The usually jolly Jinggoy Estrada is visibly disappointed on April 17, 2017 after the Sandiganbayan Fifth Division denied his request to stay at his father's birthday party longer. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

AMLC appeals Sandigan order to show PDAF probe records

Mar 17, 2017 - 11:16 AM

The production in court of the AMLC memorandum containing such bank accounts and transactions would not only violate confidentiality but would also jeopardize the ongoing investigation of the AMLC

Jinggoy Estrada: SolGen's comment on Napoles will weaken PDAF cases

Mar 06, 2017 - 4:21 PM

Former senator Jinggoy Estrada says Solicitor General Jose Calida s manifestation will hurt the credibility of whistle blower Benhur Luy

EFFECT ON PDAF CHARGES. Former senator Jinggoy Estrada, shown in this photo when he attended his hearing before the Sandiganbayan on January 30, 2017, believes that the Solicitor General's comment on the Napoles illegal detention case will affect his pork barrel charges. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Ombudsman dismisses Jinggoy's aide, 13 others over PDAF scam

Mar 02, 2017 - 2:43 PM

The dismissed officials are facing separate criminal charges for their alleged role in the misuse of former senator Jinggoy Estrada s pork barrel

De Lima's fate: Karma or political persecution?

Feb 27, 2017 - 12:07 PM

From June 30 to the days leading to her arrest the senator personified both defiance and acceptance – defiance of the status quo and acceptance of her future

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler