Sandiganbayan allows ex-Sen. Estrada to undergo medical tests for his pained knee

MANILA — The Sandiganbayan on Monday allowed former Senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada to undergo several medical examinations for his pained knee.

The Sandiganbayan Fifth Division granted the motion of Estrada to be temporarily released from his detention at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City to undergo medical tests on the problem of his knee.

Estrada is detained for the non-bailable offense of plunder for allegedly receiving millions of pesos in “kickbacks” from businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles.

Napoles is the alleged “brains” behind the Php10-billion pork barrel and the Php900-million Malampaya Fund scams.

The former senator filed his motion last week seeking the permission of the Sandiganbayan to allow him to undergo X-ray and MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) for his aching knee.

Atty. Wayne Tugadi, Estrada’s legal counsel, said that the Sandiganbayan has approved the schedule for tomorrow (Tuesday).

However, Tugadi said they still needed to look into the “availability” of the Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan City for the conduct of such medical tests on Estrada.

Based on the examination conducted by Dr. Jose Syquia on Estrada inside the PNP Detention Center last December 30, 2016 the former senator is suffering from “patello femoral pain syndrome”.

Syquia said this was the reason why Estrada is feeling pain on his knee.