Sandigan junks Enrile bail petition

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

THE anti-graft court junked Thursday the bail petition filed by detained Senate Minority Floor Leader Juan Ponce Enrile in connection with the plunder case filed against him over the pork barrel fund scam.

In the resolution signed by Sandiganbayan third division chairperson Associate Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang and Justices Samuel Martires and Alex Quiros, the court denied Enrile's petition for temporary freedom for "lack of merit" and for being "premature."

"Accused Enrile asserts that the Court should already fix his bail because he is not a flight risks and his physical condition must also be seriously considered by the Court… admittedly, the accused age, physical condition and his being a flight risk are among the factors that are considered in fixing a reasonable amount of bail. However, as explained above, it is premature for the Court to fix the amount of bail without an anterior showing that the evidence of guilt against accused Enrile is not strong," the resolution stated.

Meanwhile, the anti-graft court has allowed the 90-year-old senator to stay temporarily at the Philippine National Police (PNP) General Hospital in Camp Crame, Quezon City.

The court also ordered Enrile to undergo a medical examination in the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) at the expense of the lawmaker.

The first division gave the hospital 30 days to submit a complete medical report on the senator's health.

Enrile, along with several co-accused, is facing plunder and graft charges for allegedly misusing his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

On Friday, the first division is set to arraign Enrile's former chief-of-staff Jessica Lucila Reyes, a co-accused in the plunder case.

Reyes skipped her arraignment last week after she failed to get clearance from her doctors at the Taguig-Pateros District Hospital, where she was admitted for two days due to panic attack.

She was later brought at the intensive care unit of the Philippine Heart Center in Quezon City after she complained of chest pains.

Reyes is now detained at Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City. (Sunnex)

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