Palace: No objection to continued hospital arrest for Enrile

Senate Minority Floor Leader Juan Ponce Enrile (center) arrives at the Sandiganbayan in Quezon City on Friday, July 11, to attend his arraignment on graft and plunder charges in connection with the alleged P10-billion pork barrel scam. He faces one count of plunder and 15 counts of graft. (MNS photo)

Senate Minority Floor Leader Juan Ponce Enrile (center) arrives at the Sandiganbayan in Quezon City on Friday, July 11, to attend his arraignment on graft and plunder charges in connection with the alleged P10-billion pork barrel scam. He faces one count of plunder and 15 counts of graft. (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Malacañang has no objection to the Sandiganbayan allowing Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile to remain under hospital arrest, at least for now.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte noted President Benigno Aquino III himself had already cited Enrile’s advanced age and health problems.

Thus far wala namang objections as in the pork scam cases… we abide by decisions of handling court especially when it comes to detention,” she said on government-run dzRB radio.

On Friday, the Sandiganbayan’s Third Division granted Enrile’s motion to remain under hospital arrest.

Enrile, 90, is one of three senators facing graft and plunder charges over the alleged P10-billion pork barrel scam. He is detained at the Philippine National Police General Hospital in Camp Crame.

The other two senators charged in connection with the pork scam, Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., are staying at the PNP Custodial Center, also in Camp Crame.

Earlier, doctors who examined Enrile at the Philippine General Hospital recommended that he be allowed hospital arrest since he is in danger of a stroke and other illnesses. This was opposed by the prosecution. (MNS)

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