Enrile fails to post bail

SENATE Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile will stay another day at the Philippine National Police General Hospital in Camp Crame, Quezon City as the Supreme Court failed to release its decision granting his petition for bail in his plunder case.

Enrile’s legal team led by Eleazar Reyes waited for a copy of the decision at Sandiganbayan Centennial Building in Quezon City until 5 p.m. Wednesday, hoping that they will be able to process the 91-year-old lawmaker's release.

The Sandiganbayan also created a skeletal force just to receive a copy of the SC ruling and facilitate the release order.

“Di ko alam kung kailan ipapadala sa Sandiganbayan ang SC decision ng bail ni Senator Enrile. Naghihintay din ako,” said SC spokesperson Theodore Te in a radio interview.

There were reports that Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno has not yet signed the decision in favor of Enrile, who is under trial for allegedly receiving P172.8 million in kickbacks for diverting portions of his Priority Development Assistance Fund to ghost projects of detained businesswoman Janet Napoles.

Voting 8-4, the high court on Tuesday allowed Enrile to post bail, citing humanitarian reasons.

Once the former Senate president is released, Reyes said Enrile wanted to return to work and participate in the debates on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

“Senator Enrile is in high spirits,” said Reyes.

Reyes also said that the opposition senator is expected to help the presidential bid of Vice President Jejomar Binay, being the president of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA). (Sunnex)


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