Sandiganbayan denies Enrile’s motion for bail

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The Sandiganbayan’s Third Division on Thursday denied Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile’s move for the court to set an amount for his bail, saying it is premature.

Enrile is facing a P172-million plunder case over the pork barrel scam.
Since his surrender, he has been staying at the Philippine National Police General Headquarters in Camp Crame, the PNP headquarters in Quezon City.

Meanwhile, the Third Division directed doctors from the Philippine General Hospital to continue with the medical examination of the senator and to submit a report within 30 days upon receipt of a court resolution that deferred ruling on Enrile’s request for hospital arrest.

The 90-year-old senator had asked the court to let him post bail and set the amount pending determination that evidence of his guilt is strong.


In persuading the Third Division, Enrile said his physical condition must be considered by the anti-graft court and that he is not a flight risk.

Although the court acknowledged that age of an accused, physical condition and being a flight risk are among factors considered in fixing a reasonable amount of bail, it said it is premature to set an amount for Enrile’s bail “without an anterior showing that the evidence of guilt against accused Enrile is not strong.”

The minute resolution dated July 14 and signed by Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang and Associate Justices Samuel Martires and Alex Quiroz said Enrile’s argument that the maximum penalty that may be imposed on him is reclusion temporal (20 years prison time), not lifetime imprisonment given that he has voluntarily surrendered and is over 70 years old, has no merit.

The senator’s co-accused and former chief of staff, Jessica Lucila “Gigi” Reyes, will be arraigned today on a plunder charge.

Their arraignments for graft have been rescheduled for next week.

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4 Comments

  1. Johnny Ramos on

    The sandigan justices will always be biased against Enrile as long as Pnoy is the President. No justice in sandigan are man enough to face ire of Pnoy if they ever grant bail. These cases have no strong evidence only publicity in aid of Mat Roxas for 2016. Pnoy and Mar want to make sure that the opposition will be paralyze and if Mar won’t make it his other dark horse Binay will get it. Either way, they got us and they will be ruling this country for the next year, because we will always allow it.

    • You are wrong Mr. Johnny Ramos as long as the act was not committed by Mr. enrile he can defend his case.

  2. Bravo Sandiganbayan for not allowing Enrile to post a bail. BRAVO, Also, let him stay in a regular jail cell like others. He showed arrogance before he was served the arrest warrant. He said he can die in a jail. So be it. Let’s see how strong is he. He is sneaky and untrustworthy. Guard him well.

  3. Pete Gabriel on

    Why is this knuckle head asking for consideration? He did not give a rat’s ass when he was busy stealing money and carousing with young women. He did not have any health issues then, Why now that he is accused of a crime he suddenly turned weak and he is now a sickly old man? Common Enrille man up, you sissy!