Senator Juan Ponce  Enrile gestures during the budget committee hearing of Bureau of Customs (BoC) and the Department of Finance (DOF) at the senate yesterday afternoon. Also in photo was Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri.  (edwin muli)

Senator Juan Ponce Enrile gestures during the budget committee hearing of Bureau of Customs (BoC) and the Department of Finance (DOF) at the senate yesterday afternoon. Also in photo was Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri. (edwin muli)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Pork barrel scam suspect Gigi Reyes, the former chief of staff of Senator Juan Ponce Enrile, wants a laptop, Wi-Fi connection and printer in her detention cell at Camp Bagong Diwa, her lawyer said Friday.

Lawyer Anacleto Diaz said they have filed a motion asking the Sandiganbayan Third Division to allow Reyes to have a computer, internet connection, and printer to help them prepare for her defense.

“Nahihirapan kaming mag-prepare. Kahit kayo nahihirapan kahit walang tulong ng computer at saka ng printout at internet,” he told reporters.

Para makapaghanda kami sa defense namin. It’s not easy. Alam niyo naman na abogado siya,” he added.

The court set the hearing on the motion on September 8, 2015.

Reyes is facing one count of plunder and 15 counts of graft at the Sandiganbayan for the pork barrel scam.

She is accused of acting on behalf of Enrile in identifying the government-owned and -controlled corporations that became the implementing agencies of the bogus projects funded by his Priority Development Assistance Fund (pork barrel).

On Friday, Reyes refused to enter a plea to the graft charges.

She likewise refused to enter any plea last July on the plunder complaint.

Diaz noted that in the United States, inmates, even suspected terrorists, are allowed access to a computer.

“Sa America even terrorists, ‘yung mga nakakulong dun sa Guantanamo Bay, inmates in various states in the US are allowed access to computers and internet,” he said.

He said the location of Camp Bagong Diwa prevents them from consulting her on the case.

“Sa Camp Bagong Diwa ang layo. All that wasted time and effort can be prevented kung meron kaming internet access,” he said.

“We can shoot out questions to her and she can immediately respond,” he added.

He said however that they will abide by the rules to be set by the court.

“We are willing to abide such orders, such terms and conditions as court may impose and under strict supervision by the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology,” he said. (MNS)