Lawyer Jessica Lucila “Gigi” Reyes, who is facing a P172-million plunder charge over the P10-billion pork barrel scam, excluded government prosecutors from her petition to stop her plunder trial filed before the Supreme Court (SC).
Based on Reyes’ petition for certiorari and prohibition received by the Sandiganbayan by mail on Friday, she only named the Third Division as a respondent to her accusations that the anti-graft court gravely abused its discretion “when it acted with precipitate haste in issuing its assailed July 4, 2014 resolution” that denied her motion to suspend proceedings. This resulted in the issuance of warrant of arrest against Reyes.
Under Rule 65 of the Rules of Court, the petitioner, in this case Reyes, should include the person or persons interested in sustaining the proceedings in the court when the petition filed relates to the acts or omissions of a judge, court, quasi-judicial agency, tribunal, corporation, board, officer or person.
The Office of the Special Prosecutor handles the plunder prosecution of Reyes, the former chief of staff of Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile.
The Sandiganbayan Third Division, in the other hand, is led by Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang with Associate Justices Samuel Martires and Alex Quiroz as members.
In her petition for certiorari, Reyes accused the anti-graft court of failure to perform its duty of personally evaluating evidence on record in determining existence of probable cause.
Reyes has been in detention in Camp Bagong Diwa Female Dormitory in Taguig City (Metro Manila) along with Janet Lim-Napoles, one of her co-accused in the P172-million plunder case.