TALKS about his impending arrest and possible incarceration do not seem to scare Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile, who on Tuesday expressed confidence that he could win the plunder complaint that will be filed against him at the Sandiganbayan in connection with his supposed involvement in the multibillion-peso priority development assistance fund (PDAF) or pork barrel scam.
The senator said he is ready to be detained.
“I have studied my case and I’m confident in a fair court in a fair trial that I can handle our case,” Enrile added.
The Office of the Ombudsman had ordered the filing of plunder and graft charges against Enrile and senators Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada and Ramon Revilla Jr.
But even if the case is yet to be filed, talks about the arrest of the senators and their possible detention site have already started.
Enrile, however, said he is not offended by such talks.
“I’m not thinking when I will get arrested. They arrest me, period. If a case is filed, I think they’ll have to [arrest me]whether there is probable cause because that’s mandatory under the Constitution. So I’m ready,” Enrile told reporters.
He said he is even willing to be detained with members of the Abu Sayaff terror group.
“If all of a sudden I get sick at my age, maybe I will ask them to allow me to go to a doctor to have treatment, if not I will take my chances,” Enrile added.
Estrada and Revilla are also not bothered by their possible incarceration, saying they have gotten used to their political persecution.