CEBU CITY (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino III on Monday hit the Supreme Court’s decision to grant bail to Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile, saying the ruling didn’t have lawful grounds.
In a media briefing here, Aquino pointed out that the high court’s decision did not consider the evidence presented against Enrile, who is facing plunder and graft cases in connection with the alleged pork barrel scam.
“Importante yatang kilalanin na ‘yung sa desisyon ng Korte Suprema, wala silang binabanggit tungkol sa ebidensya. Tila nakasentro sa edad at sa kalagayan ng kalusugan ni Senator Enrile,” Aquino told reporters.
“Parang wala naman sa mga batas natin ‘yung mga grounds na ‘yun,” he added.
Aquino further pointed out that only the President can pardon prisoners.
“Kadalasan kapag clemency, sa akin pumupunta bilang Pangulo. Kadalasan, pwede lang iyon kapag may final conviction,” he said.
Aquino further expressed confidence that Enrile’s temporary freedom will not affect his administration’s anti-corruption efforts. “Tuloy-tuloy ang kampanya natin,” he said.(MNS)