Enrile seeks help from SC

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Thursday, August 7, 2014


SENATE Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile asked the Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday to stop his ongoing trial for plunder at the Sandiganbayan in connection with the pork barrel scam.

In a 75-page petition, Enrile accused the anti-graft court of grave abuse of discretion for dismissing his motion for bill of particulars on July 11, which would have given him specific details of the charges.

"At the moment, petitioner (Enrile) is left to guess his exact participation in the crime of plunder. As a result, he cannot properly implead and suitably prepare his defense," the petition stated.

The prosecution allegedly failed to expound on its claim that he took P172.8 million in kickbacks from co-accused Janet Napoles for diverting his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) allocation to the businesswoman’s fake foundations.

He said the case has no details as to how these kickbacks were paid such as date and place of receipt, projects involved in illegal transactions and names of Napoles’ non-government organizations (NGOs).

The senator added he does not know how he supposedly took advantage, on several occasions, of his position from 2004 to 2010 to amass ill-gotten wealth.

"Was this because he received any money from the government? From whom and for what reason did he receive any money or property from the government through which he ‘unjustly enriched himself’? These questions are left unanswered because the prosecution did not bother to state them in the information," the petition read.

"The rest of the allegations in the information serve to add confusion. What was the overall plan? Who were parties to its conception? And to its implementation? When and how much did Napoles misappropriate for her personal gain?" the veteran lawmaker said.

Enrile is also facing graft cases at the Sandiganbayan third division, which entered a not guilty plea on his behalf for plunder on July 11. (Sunnex)

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