Enrile set for arraignment Friday

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Monday, July 7, 2014

MANILA -- Detained Senator Juan Ponce Enrile is set to be arraigned Friday, July 11, on plunder and graft charges related to the pork barrel scam.

Last Friday, Enrile turned himself to authorities after the Sandiganbayan third division, which found probable cause on his plunder case, issued a warrant of arrest against him and his co-accused.

Enrile faces plunder, a non-bailable offense, for allegedly amassing P172 million in kickbacks from 2004 to 2012. He is also charged with 15 counts of graft along with several other officials.

Also set to be arraigned on Friday were Enrile's former chief of staff Jessica "Gigi" Reyes and Janet Napoles, the alleged mastermind in the misuse of Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

Enrile is detained at the Philippine National Police General Hospital in Camp Crame while Reyes is detained at the Sandiganbayan.

Senator Juan Ponce Enrile
Senator Juan Ponce Enrile

Napoles has been detained at the Fort Sto. Domingo in Laguna since 2013 for the serious illegal detention of Benhur Luy, her former aide and main whistleblower in the pork barrel scam.

Meanwhile, the third division has ordered Chief Inspector Elena Rocamora, warden of the Quezon City Jail (QCJ), to appear in court Tuesday to explain why they cannot accommodate Reyes.

Rocamora, in a letter, told the third division justices that the QCJ is not designed to accommodate "high risk/high profile inmates" like Reyes and her transfer to the said jail is "not advisable."

The third division is set to hear Tuesday afternoon the motion of Reyes to be detained at the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City.

The first and fifth division has set a Tuesday and Thursday hearing, respectively, for Senators Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. and Jinggoy Estrada, Enrile's co-accused in the plunder and graft charges. The two senators surrendered to authorities in separate occasions in June.

All three senators and their co-accused in the plunder cases face imprisonment, forfeiture of ill-gotten wealth in favor of the government, and perpetual disqualification from public office if they are convicted. (Sunnex)

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