Supreme Court to vote on Enrile petition

By on April 22, 2015

Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile. Photo by Lilem Uy / PCIJ
Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile. Photo by Lilem Uy / PCIJ

BAGUIO CITY — The Supreme Court (SC) en banc may also vote Tuesday on the petition of Senator Juan Ponce Enrile in connection with the plunder case he is facing involving the alleged priority development assistance fund (PDAF) scam.

Pending before the SC is the petition of Enrile seeking to nullify the decision of the Sandiganbayan that dismissed his motion for bill of particulars.

Enrile argued that the Sandiganbayan committed grave abuse of discretion when it set the arraignment against him without even approving his motion for bill of particulars.

Through the Bill of Particulars, an accused may request for the details of the case against him to make sure that trial will be fair.

Some of the issues that the senator would like to be clarified are the following:

— Who among the accused pocketed the alleged ill-gotten wealth amounting to Php172 million?;

— What were the particular acts that would prove that there was a “series” of receipt of kickback or commission from Janet Lim Napoles or her representatives from the projects implemented with the use his PDAF allocation?;

— What were the series of receipt? Whether it was money, how much, to which allocation, date, amount and place where it was given?;

— What was the basis to say that the projects were fictitious or fake?; and

— How and why Enrile abused his position?.

In his petition before the SC, Enrile argued that the dismissal by the Sandiganbayan of his motion for bill of particulars was denial of due process on his part and a serious violation of his constitutional rights to be furnished with information about the details of the case filed against him.