A P1 million bail for plunder and graft charges against Enrile, Supreme Court approved.
Juan Ponce Enrile Sr, 91 year-old Filipino politician indicted for plunder case and violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act before the Sandiganbayan, 6 June 2014. Together with fellow senators Bong Revilla and Jinggoy Estrada found guilty in connection to Priority Development Assistance Fund scam.
His former chief of staff Gigi Reyes also charged. July 3, 2014, Enrile was detained, allegedly received million in kickbacks from public funds and suspended from his Senate post. Despite allegations, Supreme Court granted his petition to post bail for his plunder case in relation to the pork barrel scam, Tuesday.
Atty. Joseph Sagandoy “We are thankful that the Supreme Court granted Senator Enrile’s petition for bail. We will immediately post the required bail so the senator can again actively perform his duties and responsibilities as a senator.”, “The case for plunder against him will practically go back to square one since the Supreme Court also granted his motion for bill of particulars last week. The prosecution will have to amend the information against him or provide the required details and particulars of the charges against him.”
A P1 million bail was approved, plunder and graft charges that Enrile is facing at the Sandiganbayan anti-graft court. In his petition filed 4 Sept. 2014, should be allowed to post bail. Since the prosecution failed to present strong evidence against him and that the charges “cannot be considered a capital offense,” Enrile said.
Senate President Franklin Drilon stated, “The Senate will always respect, follow and implement every decision of the courts. We will abide by the legal processes as we have always done in the past.”
The decision of Supreme Court, allow bail Enrile’s plunder case been criticized by many. Atty. Edre Olalia, Secretary General of the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers said: “Our justice system will be hard put to explain to the aging and sick political prisoners, grieving rights victims, ordinary toiling taxpayers, the public at large, and even dirt poor petty criminals why the likes of rich, powerful and influential demigods like Enrile can walk.
Aside from his plunder case, Enrile also involved in other accusations including alleged distribution of MOOE funds to senators, led to his resignation as Senate president without sufficiently answering the controversy. IMAGE/INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/RAFFY LERMA