Jinggoy Estrada arrested – Mugshot Photo
Here is the mugshot of Senator Jose "Jinggoy" Estrada, 51 following his arrest this afternoon.
Sen. Jinggoy Estrada is accused of pocketing 183 million pesos (about $3.4 million) in "pork barrel" funds that were allegedly diverted to ghost projects.
He has been charged with one count of "plunder", a non-bailable offence referring to massive corruption, punishable by life imprisonment. He also faces 11 lesser counts of graft.
Estrada is among 54 people indicted for an alleged scam in which lawmakers, their staff, and other officials are accused of embezzling millions of dollars alloted for development projects.
Estrada said, "I never stole a single centavo from government coffers," a defiant Estrada told reporters, as he accused President Benigno Aquino of playing politics and cracking down on his opponents.
"At the end of the day, I will prove my innocence," he said. "I will face all charges against me in court."