Enrile files motion for hospital detention


Posted at Jul 07 2014 10:25 AM | Updated as of Jul 08 2014 07:57 AM

MANILA (UPDATED) - Senator Juan Ponce Enrile on Monday asked the Sandiganbayan Third Division to allow his hospital detention at the Philippine National Police (PNP) General Hospital where he has been confined since Friday.

In his motion for detention, Enrile said he is already 90 years old and he is not a flight risk.

He also asked the court that the hospital administrator be given continuing authority to "exercise his professional medical judgment or discretion to allow Enrile's immediate access or temporary visit to, another medical facility outside of Camp Crame, in case of emergency or necessity..."

He pointed out that the PNP General Hospital may not have the necessary specialists or resources to fully address elderly needs.

Enrile is facing plunder and graft charges before the anti-graft court for allegedly pocketing millions of pesos in pork barrel kickbacks. He was ordered arrested last Friday after the court found probable cause to indict him.,

Enrile was allowed to leave twice over the weekend for eye treatments without which, Enrile's camp said, he could go blind.

The Public Attorney's Office has said all senior citizens in jail who are not in the best of health should be given preferential treatment. With a report by Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News