• 16 senators back house arrest for Enrile

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    SIXTEEN senators have expressed support to the proposal that former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile be placed under house arrest.

    Senate Minority Leader Vicente Sotto 3rd earlier urged his colleagues to come up with a resolution asking the Sandiganbayan to allow Enrile to be detained at his home in Dasmariñas Village, Makati City (Metro Manila).

    On Thursday, Sotto sent a letter to the anti-graft court urging it to place the 91-year-old Enrile under house arrest.

    Senate President Franklin Drilon, and senators Juan Edgardo Angara, Paolo Benigno Aquino 4th, Nancy Binay, Joseph Victor Ejercito, Francis Escudero, Gregorio Honasan, Teofisto Guingona 3rd, Lito Lapid, Loren Legarda, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., Sergio Osmena 3rd, Grace Poe, Ralph Recto and Cynthia Villar supported Sotto’s call.

    Senators Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Antonio Trillanes 4th, Pia Cayetano, Alan Peter Cayetano and Aquilino Pimentel 3rd opposed the proposal to detain Enrile in his home.

    Santiago earlier said placing Enrile under house arrest would violate the principle of equal protection of the law.

    But Sotto said there is nothing wrong in detaining Enrile at his residence since he is not a flight risk.

    Enrile, who is facing plunder and graft charges in connection with the pork barrel scam, was rushed to the Makati Medical Center last month for pneumonia.

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