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    Jessica Lucila “Gigi” Reyes on Friday voluntarily surrendered to the Sandiganbayan less than an hour after the anti-graft court issued a warrant of arrest against her in connection with a P172-million plunder case.

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    Reyes, a co-accused of her former boss, Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile, arrived at the Sandiganbayan’s Sheriff’s office a little past 4:30 p.m.

    Her lawyer, Anacleto Diaz, said Reyes will not ask to be a state witness in the case.
    “No. Absolutely no. As far as we are concerned, there is no wrongdoing [committed by her],” Diaz told reporters.

    It was not known if Reyes would be taken later to the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center in Camp Crame for detention because the court had not issued a commitment order.

    Reyes, a lawyer, resigned as Enrile’s chief of staff last year after defending Enrile’s decision to grant huge Christmas bonuses to senators.

    She then left for the United States when reports surfaced and linked her to the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel scam.

    Reyes returned to the country last April 19, saying she was determined to face the charges and clear her name.

    “She is okay. She is anxious about the case… it has been hovering in her mind for quite some time. She came back to face these cases and she has done it with a lot of courage,” Diaz said.

    Reyes had filed a motion to stop the court from pursuing her case. But Associate Justice Alex Quiroz of the Sandiganbayan’s Third Division said only the Supreme Court can prevent Reyes from standing trial.

    Diaz had argued that the court proceedings against Reyes must be stopped because she had a pending petition at the Supreme Court for a restraining order and a writ of preliminary injunction.

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    1. SALVACION CAHAYAG on

      In this country, it is supposed to be a government of laws and not of men. Meaning
      on one should be above the law. As we see it, this administration and their minions,
      in the likes of Grace Pulido Tan, Leila de Lima, and Carpio Morales are quick to
      target only the opposition which is a far cry from their sworn duties to apply the
      law equally and fairly. But regrettably, we found it wanting from these malacanang
      lapdogs to do what they were sworn to do. It is sad they prostituting the very core of
      their official duties to the Filipino people. They allow themselves to be pawns of this
      corrupt abnoy. This administration together with their minions that includes these
      crocodiles in congress demonstrate greed, bias, vindictiveness which is the worst of
      its kind. I do believed in KARMA. So, these who stole the peoples money can wait
      a little while for their turn to go to jail. What they did will certainly catch up with them.

    2. Renato rentoza on

      See how people can be dragged to jail on the mere testimony from not your most credible witnesses. Like Tuason, who came home to save her assets, salvage her freedom and be given a hero’s welcome at the Senate Blue Ribbon. Sinister really when you think about her role in Napoles operations — pointing Janet to juicy funds to be tapped and linking her to legislators. Tuason returned 40 million but kept 500 million her personal loot from Malampaya alone. Gigi meanwhile came home to face the charges. Wont turn state witness? Now that is character.