Sandiganbayan allows Enrile to stay at PNP hospital

By Ira Pedrasa,

Posted at Jul 17 2014 08:01 PM | Updated as of Jul 18 2014 04:01 AM

MANILA - Senator Juan Ponce Enrile can stay at the Philippine National Police General Hospital for 30 more days until the Sandiganbayan decides on his motion for a hospital arrest.

Sandiganbayan Third Division clerk of court Dennis Pulma said the court has ordered the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) doctors to continue with Enrile’s medical exams “and to submit a report within 30 days.”

He said the procedures can be undertaken at the PGH or any government hospital.

In the meantime, the PNP hospital will have authority to bring Enrile outside Camp Crame during emergencies or if there is a medical necessity, he said.

Enrile has been visiting regularly the Asian Eye Institute in Makati, where he had been receiving treatment for his eye problem.

The 90-year-old Enrile has macular degeneration, an eye condition that may lead to blindness.

Meanwhile, the arraignment of Enrile and his other co-accused in the graft charges filed by the Office of the Ombudsman has been moved to July 25.

Enrile and the others, except for lawyer Jessica “Gigi” Reyes, have been arraigned for plunder.

Reyes’ arraignment on the plunder charges will proceed tomorrow. She was also scheduled last week, but she was in the hospital after suffering from anxiety attacks and chest pains.

Reyes earlier asked the court to allow her transfer to the PNP Custodial Center but the request was dismissed. An appeal has been filed.