AFTER his stay at the Philippine National Police (PNP) General Hospital following his surrender in July, and the grant of his plea for hospital arrest in September, Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile arrived at the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan to post bail for his temporary release at about 6:30 p.m. from Camp Crame.
This was after the Supreme Court granted his bail petition on Tuesday. As soon as the anti-graft court received the tribunal’s ruling on Thursday afternoon, it then issued an order to the Directors of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and the Philippine National Police General Hospital – where he was placed under hospital arrest – to bring him over to the court to post bail.
“I would like to state for the record that my faith in the probity and justness of our judiciary has been vindicated,” Enrile told reporters.
“I will go back to my work…I have no interest except the interest of the country,” he added.
Accompanied by his lawyers and police, the 91-year-old Senate Minority Floor Leader, arrived at the Sandiganbayan’s Third Division wearing a white barong with his signature orange-tinted glasses. He was in a light mood as he was flanked by security. After waving at the cameras, he entered which leads to the Office of the Third Division Clerk of Court.
Enrile filled in a personal information sheet, submitted 2×2 pictures, and underwent fingerprinting. He was then brought to the office of the court’s Third Division Chairperson Amparo Cabotaje-Tang (concurrently the Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice), who signed the order of approval of his bail.
Third Division Clerk of Court Dennis Pulma signed a release order which was served upon Enrile and his lawyers and which will serve as proof that he is released on bail.
Enrile is facing a P172-million plunder suit (a non-bailable offense) before the Sandiganbayan’s Third Division as well as 15 counts of graft in connection with the pork barrel scam. He paid a total of P1.45 million or P1 million in the plunder case and P30,000 in each count of graft.