Plunder, graft cases of JPE, Jinggoy submitted for resolution

Report by Adrian Ayalin and Raffy Santos, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 20 2014 11:11 AM | Updated as of Jun 20 2014 07:34 PM

MANILA - The motions for judicial determination of probable cause filed by Senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Jinggoy Estrada in relation to the plunder and graft cases they are facing before the Sandiganbayan were submitted for resolution on Friday.

Enrile's motion was heard by the Sandiganbayan Third Division, chaired by Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang.

Enrile is facing one count of plunder and 15 counts of graft.

Enrile's camp argued that it is impossible for the court to determine probable cause with all 10,000 pages of documents submitted by the Office of the Ombudsman.

Enrile's lawyer also pointed out that the documents did not have any guidance for easy reading of the Sandiganbayan justices.

Associate Justice Samuel Martires assured that they will read and thoroughly review all the evidence.

Meanwhile, Estrada's motion was heard by the anti-graft court's Fifth Division, chaired by Associate Justice Roland Jurado.

Estrada is facing one count of plunder and 11 counts of graft.

The Fifth Division said the ruling on Estrada's motion will be out hopefully within the day.

If the anti-graft court rules that there is probable cause in the plunder and graft charges filed against Enrile, Estrada, and their other co-accused, warrants of arrest against them may then be issued.