Former senator Jinggoy Estrada was arrested on Sunday for allegedly violating quarantine guidelines while distributing food to residents in San Juan City.
In a video posted on Facebook by Estrada’s daughter Janella, San Juan Police chief Police Colonel Jaime Santos explained to the former senator that he was arrested for violating social distancing measures.
Sketchy reports said Estrada was arrested somewhere in Barangay Salapan, in San Juan City, while distributing food to the residents.
“May nakarating na reports as well as photos na violated ‘yung social distancing saka ‘yung proper handling of food,” Santos said.
Former president Joseph Estrada was also with his son at the police station.
Estrada said that he was wearing personal protective equipment while he was distributing food.
In another video taken by one of Estrada’s staff, Barangay Salapan residents were seen lined up close to one another as bangus was distributed.
While Estrada was handing out the fish, Santos arrived and invited the former senator to the police station.
The food items were also confiscated by police.
Estrada was later released from custody.
“I was invited (by the police for questioning),” said Estrada.
San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora earlier clashed with Estrada over a rolling store that was opened by Janella without the necessary business permit.
Zamora said Estrada has been going around the city’s barangays even though the former senator was not authorized to do so.
Zamora said Estrada’s camp did not coordinate with the local government and did not secure a certificate for their relief operations./Stacy Ang