Enrile surrenders, confined in PNP hospital

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 04 2014 07:17 PM | Updated as of Jul 06 2014 08:06 AM

MANILA (3rd UPDATE) - Senator Juan Ponce Enrile is temporarily confined at the Philippine National Police (PNP) General Hospital in Camp Crame following his surrender on Friday, police said.

Enrile, who has been charged for plunder and graft in connection with the pork barrel scam, was hospitalized for further observation after his blood pressure rose to 200/90 during his medical exam while he was being booked.

PNP doctors also detected abnormal heart sounds or "heart murmur" when they checked Enrile.

His son, former Cagayan Rep. Juan "Jack" Ponce Enrile Jr., said his father has hypertension. He said a blood pressure of 200/90 is high even for the 90-year-old Enrile.

He hopes that his father's blood pressure goes down and will get some rest while in hospital confinement.

"Kanina nung they were taking his mug shot medyo pagewang-gewang I guess he was suffering from vertigo...but he stood up and he was able to complete the photo session," he told ANC.

Enrile was then brought to the PNP General Hospital, where he will spend the night and the entire weekend.

"He has a personal nurse with him, and a personal assitant to assist him kasi in the morning he can't see. His eyesight comes in probably around 10, 11 in the morning," said Enrile's lawyer, Enrique dela Cruz.

His family is hoping for hospital arrest.

They have also asked the court to allow Enrile to undergo a scheduled eye check-up on Saturday.

"His eyes will have to be injected with a special medicine tomorrow at the Asian Eye Center, 7 a.m. This is something he does regularly, otherwise he'll go blind," Dela Cruz said.

"A request has been submitted and at this point this will have to be studied by the CIDG. Most likely we might accede to this request barring any security problem," said PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Reuben Theodore Sindac.

"The senator has completed his regular booking process and he has completed it fairly. He has a medical condition and it has been recommended that he has to be confined in the hospital for further observation," Sindac added.

The younger Enrile said the senator asked him to take care of their family.

"I gave him my word," he said, adding that his father has accepted his fate and "understands what's happening."

"He is ready, willing and able to face the charges against him and he wants to do that to clear his name and his family," he added.

The senator's daughter, Katrina Ponce Enrile, did not have much to say about his father's arrest.

"It's now in the courts," she said.

GRAFT AND PLUNDER

It took the Sandiganbayan's 3rd Division nearly a month to decide on the graft and plunder cases filed against him in connection with the pork barrel scam.

The court announced on Friday afternoon there is probable cause against Enrile, and that warrants of arrest have already been issued for the senator and his co-accused who include his former chief of staff, Gigi Reyes, and the scam's alleged mastermind, Janet Lim Napoles.

Those ordered arrested included Ronald John Lim and John Raymund de Asis.

The Sandiganbayan also denied Enrile's motion for bail.

As soon as news of the arrest warrant broke out, Enrile left his home in Makati to surrender.

He arrived in Camp Crame -- the PNP's headquarters -- after 5 p.m. and past court hours.

Like fellow senators Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla, Enrile was booked at the multi-purpose hall.

The Sandiganbayan has the final say where Enrile should be detained.

But without any commitment order yet, Enrile was brought to the hospital inside the police camp.

Reyes, meanwhile, surrendered to the Sandiganbayan sheriff.

BAIL PETITION DENIED

Enrile was the third senator arrested on plunder charges. The court denied his petition to be freed on bail due to his old age and poor health.

Prosecutors said Enrile had diverted congressional funds to bogus non-government organisations for agricultural projects.

The money was then ploughed back to him, bureaucrats and a businesswoman who devised the scheme, prosecutors added, based on government audit reports and testimony from whistleblowers.

Two other opposition senators are on trial for plunder and in police detention. Popular action move hero-turned senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla and Jose "Jinggoy" Estrada, son of former president and now Manila mayor, have said the cases against them are politically motivated.

In 1986 Enrile, then a defense minister under Marcos, teamed up with General Fidel Ramos to spark a civilian-backed military revolt to topple Marcos. - with reports from Zen Hernandez, Jorge Carino, Adrian Ayalin, and Jasmin Romero, ABS-CBN News; ANC; dzMM