Estrada's son surrenders to police in boost for Philippines anti-graft drive
Published on Jun 23, 2014 1:11 PM
MANILA - Senator Jose "Jinggoy" Estrada, son of former Philippines president and now Manila mayor Joseph Estrada, on Monday turned himself over to police to face charges he received millions worth of kickbacks in a massive corruption scandal that has riveted the nation.
Estrada, 51, is accused of channeling public funds known as "pork barrels" into non-existent non-government organisations and then ploughing back 184 million pesos (S$5.24 million) into his own accounts from 2004 to 2012 through an elaborate scheme cooked up by a well-connected businesswoman, Janet Lim-Napoles, 50.
The senator is the second lawmaker to be arrested for the alleged scam that government prosecutors claim involves over 10 billion pesos in taxpayers' money.
Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla, 47, surrendered last Friday and is now detained at a special holding facility for high-profile inmates at the PNP headquarters in Quezon City.
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