Sandigan schedules Enrile plunder trial

THE trial proper of the plunder case of former senator Juan Ponce Enrile was scheduled on October 16.

The Sandiganbayan has issued a four-page decision stating that there is no more to clarify on the evidence presented by the prosecution against Enrile.

Enrile, a former Senate President, was accused of plunder for allegedly amassing P172 million from the projects funded by pork barrel.

He was freed on bail issued by the Supreme Court due to humanitarian reasons in August 2015.

“The records bear out that this case has been dragging on for quite some time already. In order to avoid further delays, we order that the trial be set on October 16, 2019, without prejudice to any motion (not made with intent to delay the proceedings) that the parties may submit for the court’s consideration,” the anti-graft court said.

“The parties’ submissions (i.e., manifestation and counter-manifestation) contained no other prayer for the court to act upon. At any rate, the court duly takes into account the matters brought to our attention via these submissions,” the Sandiganbayan added.

Enrile argued that he was not aware of the evidence offered in the bail motions of his other co-accused which the Sandiganbayan did not accept.