Enrile camp files motion to stop arrest

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Monday, June 16, 2014


THE camp of Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile on Monday filed supplemental motion to stop the issuance of arrest warrant in cases related to the multi-billion peso pork barrel scam.

In his motion, Enrile said that he was not "informed of the nature and cause of accusation against him."

The former Senate President stated that the case should be dismissed because the information against him is void, the motion read.

"Being void for non-compliance with the requirement of the Constitution that in all criminal prosecution, the accused 'be informed of the nature and cause of accusation against him,' no warrant of arrest may be issued," Enrile's motion read.

The senator's legal team also said the plunder charge against the lawmaker did not categorically state that the former Senate President received kickbacks in a "combination or series of overt criminal acts."

"The phrase 'combination or series of overt criminal acts' in the information is but a conclusion of law, and not a statement of fact," the motion stated.

"It is respectfully prayed that no warrant of arrest be issued against the accused in the instant case. Since the information is void, the case should further be dismissed," the motion added.

Aside from Enrile, Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon Revilla Jr., also faces plunder and graft charges before the anti-graft for allegedly pocketing hundreds of millions of pesos by channelling their Priority Development Assistance Funds (PDAF) to the bogus non-government organization of suspected pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Napoles.

Napoles who was also charged in those cases, allegedly owned the NGOs where the PDAF funds of accused lawmakers were diverted.

Among those named co-accused in these cases were Napoles' daughter Jo Christine and son James Christopher.

Revilla and his staff Richard Cambe were named in 16 counts graft over the alleged irregularities in the disbursement of the lawmaker's P517-million PDAF.

Estrada and staff Pauline Therese Mary Labayen were indicted in 11 graft charges for questioned transactions on his PDAF in the sum of P278-million.

Also named in the multiple graft charges were National Agribusiness Corporation (Nabcor) former president Alan Javellana and Technology Resource Center former director generals Dennis Cunanan and Antonio Ortiz. (Sunnex)

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