Following the footsteps of his half-brother, Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, who is still spending time in the Philippine Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame while being tried on charges of plundering P183 million from the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) and other corrupt practices, now Sen. JV Ejercito has also been ordered arrested by the Sandiganbayan (special court in the Philippines that has jurisdiction over criminal and civil cases which involve graft and corrupt practices and other offenses committed by public officers and employees in relation to their office), following the graft charges filed against him by the Office of the Ombudsman.
The graft and technical malversation charges stem from the February 2008 purchase of P2.1 million worth of high-powered guns when Ejercito was still the mayor of San Juan City. The latter allegedly used the city’s calamity fund and as “investment for disaster preparedness.”
While Ejercito claims that there was “nothing anomalous” in the purchase of the high powered, the Ombudsman, however, found out that the city was not under a state of calamity when the purchase was made.
Whether or not this is politically motivated, as Ejercito has been mouthing and making people believe that he was doing the right thing at the time, I just hope that the Ombudsman has all the goods to really pin him down.
But what does this arrest of another son of former president and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada really mean to the public?
It could only mean that, despite both Estrada’s sons having different mothers, the genes of the father is very dominant that one can truly say that indeed “the apple does not fall far from the tree.” A chip off the old block; like father, like son.
It must be remembered, too, that the old Estrada was booted out of Malacañang for plunder charges, but subsequently pardoned by another disgraced former president who succeeded him.
What I am just saying here is that we, Filipino, never learn and that is the sad reality.
Not only are we showing to the whole world that we have short memory, when booting out people from power and accepting them back in our fold, as if they have not caused the people untold miseries, but we continue rooting and voting for notorious personalities like the Estradas and the Marcoses, for that matter, as if they are the panacea of the country’s problem.