THE Senate on Monday implemented the 90-day preventive suspension order imposed by the Sandiganbayan on Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile who was charged with plunder and graft in connection with the pork barrel scam.
Senate President Franklin Drilon said the Senate has no recourse but to implement the order since the anti-graft court has denied Enrile’s motion for reconsideration.
“The suspension will be effective today, and the suspension will be automatically lifted after 90 days,” Drilon told reporters.
Section 5 of Republic Act 7080 states that public officers charged with plunder “shall be suspended from office.
A senator who is preventively suspended cannot in any manner perform the functions of his office within the duration of the preventive suspension. Drilon said Enrile will be barred from attending sessions, filing bills, holding committee hearings and signing committee reports.
He added that Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada will also be suspended once the Senate receives an order from the Sandiganbayan.
“I read in the papers that the Sandiganbayan has also denied the motion for reconsideration of Sen. Jinggoy Estrada.
Again, I have no recourse, but the moment I receive this order, we will also implement it,” Drilon said.
The Senate chief added that Enrile’s suspension will not affect the work of the chamber since Sen. Vicente Sotto 3rd will temporary take over as minority leader.