SENator Juan Ponce Enrile will be spending the weekend at the Philippine National Police (PNP) hospital in Camp Crame where he was taken after surrendering to the authorities on Friday.
Enrile went straight to Camp Crame from his residence in Dasmariñas Village in Makati City after the Sandiganbayan issued an arrest warrant for him and four others for plunder charges in connection with the pork barrel scam.
The PNP spokesman, Chief Supt. Reuben Theodore Sindac, said the senator will stay at the hospital until Monday when the Sandiganbayan is expected to issue a commitment order for him.
The commitment order will specify where the 90-year-old senator and former defense minister during martial law will eventually be detained, Sindac said in a text message to The Manila Times.
“That’s the legal process and the PNP is following the legal process,” he said.
Enrile’s lawyers have filed a motion before the Sandiganbayan seeking hospital arrest for him.
Senators Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada and Ramon “Bong” Revilla, who are accused with Enrile in the plunder case, are detained at the PNP Custodial Center in Crame after surrendering earlier.
Another co-accused, Jessica Lucila “Gigi” Reyes, turned herself in to Sandiganbayan authorities also last Friday. The former chief of staff of Enrile spent the night at the court’s detention cell before she was transferred to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) facility in Quezon City.