Senate defers action on Enrile’s suspension order

July 31, 2014 9:57 am 

By Jelly F. Musico

MANILA, July 30 (PNA) -– The Senate on Wednesday informed the Sandiganbayan that it would defer ‘appropriate action’ on the suspension order slapped against Senator Juan Ponce Enrile after the lawmaker expressed intention to file motion for reconsideration.

”This Office hereby manifests that it would take appropriate action on the suspension order upon this Honorable Court’s disposition of the motion for reconsideration, or upon the lapse of the prescribed period to file a motion for reconsideration and no such motion is filed,” Atty. Renato Bantug Jr, chief of staff of Senate President Franklin Drilon, said in a compliance and manifestation letter to the third division of Sandiganbayan.

Bantug told the anti-graft court that the Office of the Senate President received last July 25 a copy of the 90-day preventive suspension order against Enrile.

In the same resolution, the anti-graft court requested the Senate to inform the Sandiganbayan of the Senate’s action “thereon within five days from receipt thereof.”

”Accused Juan Ponce Enrile is hereby SUSPENDED from his position as Senator of the Republic of the Philippines, and from any other public office which he may now or hereafter be holding for a period of ninety (90) days from receipt of this resolution, unless a motion for reconsideration is seasonably filed,” stated in the Sandigan resolution.

On Wednesday, Enrile informed the Office of the Senate president that he will file a motion for reconsideration on or before August 1.

The Sandiganbayan’s third division slapped Enrile with 90-day preventive suspension, pending the litigation of the P172-million plunder case filed against the 90-year-old lawmaker in connection with the pork barrel scam.

Aside from one count of plunder, Enrile is also facing 15 counts of graft before the Sandiganbayan.

Like Enrile, Senators Ramon Revilla Jr. and Jinggoy Estrada are currently detained at the Camp Crame for plunder and graft charges also for allegedly receiving hundred million of kickbacks from the priority development assistance fund (PDAF). (PNA)

LAM/JFM

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