According to GMAnews.tv , former president Joseph "Erap" Estrada's lawyers are filing a motion for reconsideration with the Sandiganbayan. The move, the lawyers explained, will be done in hopes of a change of decision regarding the guilty verdict in Erap's plunder case.
The lawyers said that they are following Imelda Marcos's strategy—the former first lady was convicted of graft and corruption, but was later acquitted by the Supreme Court.
"Si former First Lady Imelda Marcos ‘di ba hinatulan sa Sandiganbayan pero inabswelto sa Korte Suprema," said Erap's lawyer, Jose Flaminiano.
Unlike Imelda, Erap will be heard again by the same judges.
Atty. Rene Saguisag, also Erap's counsel, revealed that they are taking the "slow route" and will battle it out in Sandiganbayan before appealing to the Supreme Court.
He explained, "You always try to make use of every available defense or move under the laws of the land... Many say it's a waste of time but from time to time nakakatsamba."
Saguisag added that there might be relevant evidence that the court previously "overlooked."
Erap's counsels have until September 27 to file the said motion. In anticipation of the said date, Erap will still be detained in his vacation house in Tanay, Rizal—contrary to what militants have hoped for that the action star-former president will be brought to Muntinlupa.
PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) got in touch with a lawyer to ask about the merits of the former president's internment in Tanay, Rizal, instead of Muntinlupa.
Atty. Sandy Olaso-Coronel said: "By law, may discretion ang Sandiganbayan kung saan siya ide-detain. Theoretically, sa Muntinlupa siya dapat ililipat pero dahil sa may 15-day period from promulgation to file a motion for reconsideration, puwede siyang sa Tanay muna mag-stay.
"The fact that he is a former president is a valid consideration. But it's not a unique or special case. For example, a gang of kidnappers was convicted. If it's going to be too risky to bring them to Muntinlupa, the judge can ask them to remain in the detention center. It's the judge's discretion."She added, "If they file for a motion for reconsideration, the evidence presented will be reviewed."