MANILA - Former senator Jinggoy Estrada appeared to be packing his things, indicating he may be released soon, his friend and fellow detainee for plunder said Thursday.
Estrada and former senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla had been detained at police general headquarters since 2014 on allegations they received kickbacks from the misuse of "pork barrel" or congressional funds.
“Nalulungkot ako dahil iiwan na ako ni Senator Jinggoy. Medyo nagbabalot-balot na,” Revilla told reporters during a break from his trial at the Sandiganbayan.
(I am sad because Senator Jinggoy will be leaving me. He looks like he's packing his things.)
“Speechless ako, parang syempre, I’m happy for him,” he said.
The two former senators started out as movie actors before they followed in their actor fathers' footsteps and joined politics.
According to a well-placed source at the Sandiganbayan, a special division was created to hear Estrada's new petition for bail.
Revilla and his lawyer, Estelito Mendoza, earlier said they would also seek bail.