MANILA, Philippines — After expressing confidence that he would be cleared of charges hurled against him before the Office of the Ombudsman earlier this week, Senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada expressed confidence again, believing this time that he’ll be pardoned if ever he is found guilty.
“I’m not saying that I did all that, but given the odds that this administration is treating us, it’s a possibility that they’ll find a way to pin it on me” said Estrada.
But the son of former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada is not scared to face the music, saying that he is optimistic at his chances of being granted a clemency or pardon down the wire.
“Kung ang kasaysayan ang pagbabasehan, hindi malayong papatawarin din tayo ng kasalukuyang administrasyon, o ‘di kaya’y sa susunod (If history repeats itself, it’s not far-fetched that the current administration would pardon me, if not the next),” added Estrada.
The senator also reiterated that he and his colleagues are not the worst thieves.
“A worst thief would’ve responsibly checked the legitimacy of the Non-Government Organizations (NGO) first, pocketed all the money and then flee the country,” said Estrada. “Clearly we did not do any of that and therefore should not be portrayed as the worst thieves.”
“Maybe bad or worse thieves, pwede pa.”
Guilty or not guilty, Jinggoy Estrada is already looking forward to becoming a future president of this country, following the footsteps of his father. And possibly a stint as a mayor after that.