Jinggoy Estrada asks court to drop PDAF graft cases

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Sen. Jinggoy Estrada

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Detained Sen. Jinggoy Estrada asked the Sandiganbayan on Wednesday (May 18) to dismiss graft charges against him in connection with the alleged pork barrel scam.

In a motion filed before the anti-graft court's Fifth Division, Estrada said his graft cases are redundant because he is already charged with plunder for the same alleged crime.

He said allegations in the graft charges are "absorbed" or already covered in the plunder case.

The senator is facing one count of plunder, and eleven counts of graft for allegedly funneling millions of pesos in pork barrel funds to bogus non-government organizations (NGOs) owned by businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles.

Both are accused of pocketing millions of pesos thru the scheme.

Estrada is currently detained at the PNP Custodial Center while his case is pending at the Sandiganbayan.

Napoles, meantime, is serving time at the Correctional Institute for Women for illegally detaining pork scam whistleblower Benhur Luy.