Manila, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Joseph ‘Erap’ Estrada, movie actor, former Philippine president and now Mayor of Manila.
He is, of course, the father of Senator Jinggoy Estrada who has been indicted of plunder – a non-bailable offense – in connection with the Ten Billion Peso pork barrel scandal, for which he is now detained in a VIP jail.
The older Estrada has been there — indicted, convicted and jailed for plunder committed while in office as president, only to be later pardoned by his successor, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Ironically, Arroyo is currently under hospital arrest for a similar offense while being president.
Today, Joseph Estrada filed a petition with the Supreme Court of the Philippines to allow him to act as proxy for his son in jail. “It saddens me to see my son locked up, and as a father, I am willing to go to prison in his stead. After all, I’ve already experienced incarceration,” he said. “Besides, my son is too young to spend his life behind bars.”
Government lawyers scrambled to file a response to Estrada’s petition, seeking to refute Estrada’s argument for jail proxy, while giving notice to the Commission on Elections to prepare for the eventuality that the Supreme Court will act favorably on the petition.
Estrada assumed office as Manila mayor a year ago. A special election may have to be called to fill in the remaining term of Mayor Estrada.