FORMER senator Jinggoy Estrada yesterday appeared before the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to explain his side on alleged quarantine protocol violations while distributing fish to residents in San Juan City last May 3.
In a letter to NBI Deputy Director for Investigation Service Vicente De Guzman III, Estrada disclosed that he observed all physical distancing requirements and had only wanted to give aid to residents of Barangay Salapan.
"On May 3, I was given a bunch of milkfish from Zambales, my mother's birthplace. Too many that I and my family will not be able to consume them. Considering its nature, time was of the essence to distribute them for human consumption," Estrada said.
He said he wore a face mask and had a quarantine pass when he distributed the milkfish to the residents.
Estrada added that he was wearing personal protective equipment and a face shield during the distribution.
"I do not think that helping feed the starving and poor is a violation of the law," he said.
Estrada was arrested for holding the relief drive without a permit from the San Juan City government but was later released.#