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    JOHNNy COME LATELY  Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile steps out of a police van that took him to the Sandiganbayan on Thursday. PHoto By Ruy l. Martinez

    JOHNNy COME LATELY
    Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile steps out of a police van that took him to the Sandiganbayan on Thursday. PHoto By Ruy l. Martinez

    “I will now go back to my work”

    “I would like to state for the record that my faith in the probity and justness of our judiciary has been vindicated.”

    Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile made the statement on Thursday as he faced reporters as a “provisionally” free man after a year of incarceration.

    The Supreme Court (SC), voting 8-4, granted Enrile’s petition to post bail on Tuesday. He cited his advanced age and voluntary surrender to the anti-graft court to back his petition, which was filed in September 2014.

    The SC set a P1-million bail for Enrile’s provisional release for the plunder charge and an additional P450,000 for the 15 counts of graft filed against him in connection with his alleged involvement in the pork barrel scam.

    Enrile, who was placed under hospital arrest at the Philippine National Police General Hospital in Camp Panopio (Quezon City) after his arrest for plunder when he was implicated in the pork barrel scam, arrived at the Sandiganbayan under heavy guard around 6:30 p.m.

    The 91-year-old lawmaker was immediately taken to the office of the Sandiganbayan 3rd Division where his fingerprints and pictures were taken as part of the process in granting him bail.

    After completing the formalities, Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang, who heads the Third Division, signed the order approving Enrile’s bail.

    A release order was then signed by clerk of court Dennis Pulma.

    By 6:40 p.m.—in time for the prime-time evening television newscast—Enrile walked out of the Third Division and started fielding questions from the media who have been staking out the Sandiganbayan since Wednesday.

    “I will now go back to my work,” he said, adding that “I have no other interest except the interest of the country.”

    He refused to answer questions when he would show up at the Senate but his lawyer, Eleazar Reyes, said they expect him to be back on Monday.

    Enrile was then taken to his house in Dasmariñas Village in Makati City, arriving at past 8 p.m. after an almost two-hour drive through heavy rush-hour traffic from Quezon City.

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    13 Comments

    1. Did he pay the bail with the pork barrel kickbacks he got from Napoles ?

      Has the government recovered any of the billions looted from the pork barrel fund scam in the past 2 years ?

      It’s been 2 years and still no trial, why hasn’t De Lima be fired ?
      Its been 2 years since 3 opposition senators charged and jailed and still haven’t been to trial.

      What about the other 15 liberal party senators on the Napoles list ? Why didn’t they get arrested for doing the exact same thing the 3 oppositions senators did.

    2. This show that the highest court in the nation is corrupt,how can corrupt Enrile got bail when he is charge with plunder.This is one of the crook responsible in the suffering and death of many people specially the poor who cannot afford food and medical help because this people steals the people money.It doesnt matter how old he is he have to pay for his crime.

      • Well well well… idiocy brought yellows to power!

        Enrile got bail because of his age, student! Read the law.. or stop being a Paid Writer for the Yellows….

        At this time, there is NOTHING that proves Enrile culpable… only shi t t y idiots’ unproven claims.

        They might be right.. but a REAL country with REAL Intelligent population wants EVIDENCES!!!

        Easy to undrestand, isn’t it Student? Or Yellow paid shi t writer?

    3. Is this majority decision of the 8 SC justices an omen of other upcoming intolerable, unethical and dehumanizing events to happen in the Philippines? Is this a symptom of the declining morality, no respect for laws, utmost greed and incurable corruption? WHAT A PITY!

    4. When Mr. Enrile was younger, people had a hair raise even by just mentioning name.
      Trilanes, Aquino et al, must be very thank full he is older now otherwise they`ll pee in their pants.

    5. On the Supreme Court decision that grant bail to Enrile: It is stupid to argue with all the justices of the Supreme Court. There is no way we can win. What to do? Let them have their way. Then when they are no looking we can hold our right hands up to show the metaphorical middle finger to all legal practitioners in the world that they can also laugh themselves hoarse. Its more fun in the Philippines!

    6. I hope you will stop Trillanes there in the senate for maliciously maligning the Binays in the senate. More power to you idol.