Gusto lang maglakwatsa: Ombudsman wants Jinggoy cited in contempt over fake invitation to US

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By: James Hernandez

The Office of the Ombudsman believes that former Senator Jinggoy Estrada should be cited for contempt for lying about his trip to the United States.

“Accused Estrada should be required to show cause why he should not be cited in contempt of court for using a falsified invitation letter to buttress his motion,” read the Ombudsman’s motion before the Sandiganbayan 5th Division.

“It was accused Estrada who used and stood to benefit from the fake invitation letter,” it said.

Estrada had filed motion to travel before the anti-graft court seeking permission to travel to the US from April 30 to May 30.

Apart from undergoing a medical consultation at the Stanford Hospital in California, Estrada said he was also invited to be a guest speaker of the US Pinoy for Good Governance (USPGG) at its annual general membership meeting in Michigan on May 20.

However, the USPGG denied Estrada’s claim.

Estrada is facing plunder and 11 counts of graft in connection with the pork barrel scam.

Under the charges, Estrada is accused of having received from 2004 to 2012 kickbacks amounting to P183.793 million from alleged pork barrel scam queen Janet Lim Napoles by coursing his Priority Development Assistance Fund through bogus non-government organizations.