SC junks govt plea to repeal Enrile bail

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The Supreme Court (SC) has rejected an appeal of the government against the granting of bail to Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile over plunder charges in connection with the P10-billion pork barrel scam.

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It reached the decision in its en banc deliberations on Tuesday via a 7-6 vote.

SC Justice Francis Jardeleza took no part in the case since he handled the same when he was still the Solicitor General.

The SC stuck to its earlier ruling to favor the “grand old man of the Senate” for his freedom and dismissed a motion for reconsideration filed by the Office of the Ombudsman, through the Office of the Solicitor General.

Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin was the ponente of this ruling.

“The majority stated that the people were not kept in the dark about nor were they denied a reasonable opportunity to rebut the instability of his health and his advanced age even if these were not raised in the motion for bail,” the High Court noted, referring to Entile.

It pointed out that there is no truth that Enrile was given preferential treatment because he is a senator.

Rather, his plea was granted “due to [Enrile’s] health condition, which was sufficiently proven.”

Justice Marvic Leonen leads the 6-man group of dissenters, along with Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio and Justices Estela Perlas-Bernabe, Mariano del Castillo and Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa.

The SC in August 2015 set Enrile free from prison for humanitarian considerations, citing the Universal Declaration of Human Right.

“Nonetheless, in granting the petition for certiorari, the court is guided by the earlier mentioned principal purpose of bail, which is to guarantee the appearance of the accused at the trial, or whenever so required by the court. The court is also mindful of the Philippines’ responsibility in the international community arising from the national commitment under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” it said.

The tribunal also considered Enrile’s age, social and political standing and respect for the rule of law.

Also according to the SC, the senator is not a flight risk.

“We also do not ignore that at an earlier time many years ago when he had been charged with rebellion with murder and multiple frustrated murder, he already evinced a similar personal disposition of respect for the legal processes, and was granted bail during the pendency of his trial because he was not seen as a flight risk. With his solid reputation in both his public and his private lives, his long years of public service, and history’s judgment of him being at stake, he should be granted bail,” it pointed out.

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  1. Matino na Pinoy on

    Social and political standing? Respect for the rule of law? In real life, JPE is just another big time crook because of CEZA, just like Chavit Singson during his time spending the RA 7171 as his personal money, and any auditor sent by Manila to audit Gov. Chavit Singson, the life expectancy of that government auditor was cut short. Chavit Singson is now a retired private citizen, and have accumulated tons of money and properties (rightfully belonged to the people of Ilocos Sur). He is lucky because I don’t see him in any of the casinos in Las Vegas nowadays. Otherwise, I would slap him on the back of his head while sitting on the high end poker table. lol.

    Is JPE’s CEZA audited on a regular or yearly basis? Did the government questioned him on how he acquired his land close to CEZA, and eventually turned into a resort? I wish I know the process how to apply land titles to lands belonging to government. Instead of constructing road or improving the roads going to the CEZA area, there is a separate road going to his resort, and the people of Cagayan are 100% sure that the resources used was allocated or budgeted for CEZA. Lastly, JPE is still on the U.S. roster, listed as a terrorist because his participation in coup attempts to a legitimate government. Honasan also made the list.

    I am saying all these because Philippine laws was not created nor applicable to everybody. There is still a big gap, a very big gap between the rich and the poor. I am also surprise to know that there is another group of poor, and that is the poorest of the poor, or nasa laylayan ng society. I only hope that the new administration will be able to bridge the gap in our society.

  2. May Universal Declaration of Human Rights pag kawatan ka at may pera. Pero kung pobreng pobre ka, patay kaagad, walang nihay nihoy.

  3. The doj should at least order enrile to return some of the proven illgotten wealth or force him thru sequestration.

  4. Angki Dominguez on

    Enrile is a scumbag, he should be in jail. At his age he didn’t find any goodness in his heart that he still manage to plunder his own country. The justices who favored him lacks the wisdome to think deeper about this dirty old man.

  5. Plunder charge is a non bailable offense.

    The Supreme court does not enforce the constitution any more they rewrite laws if they feel like it.