SC affirms Enrile guaranty
Enrile, 92, was placed under hospital arrest in July 2014 for allegedly spending millions of pesos of his pork barrel or Priority Development Assistance Funds (PDAF) on ghost projects and taking kickbacks.
Two others—Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla—were also ordered arrested on charges of plunder, a nonbailable offense, and remain in jail. In the new ruling, the high court affirmed its decision on August 18, 2015, reversing the Sandiganbayan Third Division’s ruling which denied Enrile’s plea for bail.
The high court junked claims by the Solicitor General “that there was preferential treatment” given to Enrile because he was a senator. “Rather, the majority emphasized that the grant of bail was due to petitioner’s health condition, which was sufficiently proven,” said Te in a press briefing on Tuesday.
The high court decision also said “the petitioner (referring to Enrile) had shown himself not to be a flight risk primarily due to his health condition.”