Enrile undergoes another eye check-up in Makati


Posted at Jul 12 2014 09:15 AM | Updated as of Jul 12 2014 05:15 PM

MANILA - Detained Senator Juan Ponce Enrile was brought to the Asian Eye Institute in Rockwell Center in Makati City for another eye check-up on Saturday morning.

Enrile left the Philippine National Police (PNP) General Hospital in Camp Crame on an ambulance escorted by members of the PNP - Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG). He arrived at the Asian Eye Institute at around 7 a.m.

Enrile's camp explained that the 90-year-old senator needs to regularly see an eye doctor or he may go blind.

Enrile is being treated for macular degeneration, a condition wherein the eyes weaken due to old age.

The check-up lasted for only about 30 minutes. He was brought back to Camp Crame shortly before 8 a.m.

The senator did not grant any media interviews.

Last weekend, he was also brought to the same eye medical facility twice.

Enrile, who is accused of pocketing about P172 million in pork barrel funds, is facing one count of plunder and 15 counts of graft before the Sandiganbayan.

The anti-graft court's Third Division on Friday entered a not guilty plea for Enrile after he refused to plead during his arraignment for plunder.

His lawyer, Estelito Mendoza, said merits of the case remain unclear because the prosecution cannot present any evidence that will prove the senator benefited from the pork barrel scam. -- Report from Dennis Datu, dzMM