One of the most politically active Filipino-American groups, the US Pinoys for Good Governance, calls on the Philippine ombudsman to rescind the approval of the motion of Senator Jinggoy Estrada for leave to visit the United States.
The Sandiganbayan, which has jurisdiction over cases involving graft and corrupt practices committed by public officials, has approved Senator Estrada’s request for a month-long trip to the US with his family from April 30 to May 31 — during the re-opening of his plunder trial over his alleged involvement in the 10 billion peso pork barrel scam.
Estrada is currently out on bail.
Besides going on vacation with his family and a medical consultation at Stanford University, Estrada cited in his request that he was invited by the USPGG to speak before the community in Michigan on May 20.
As it turns out, the national leadership of USPGG, led by Loida Nicolas Lewis and Attorney Rodel Rodis, said they never extended such an invitation.
In their April 9 letter to the Philippine ombudsman, Lewis and Rodis said they found out that a friend of their Michigan chapter’s president Willie Dechavez – sent an unauthorized letter to Sen. Estrada on official USPGG stationery, with the forged signature of Dechavez, extending the invitation to the Philippine senator.
Now they are urging ombudsman prosecutors to file a motion to revoke the Sandiganbayan’s approval of Estrada’s motion to travel to the US.
Attorney Rodis, president of the USPGG, joins us now in the BA studio to talk more about this.