MANILA - Senator Juan Ponce Enrile opposed today the Office of the Ombudsman’s move to have him suspended as senator.
Lawyers argued that the information or charge filed against him is not yet final and that by doing so "labels and assails the senator as sinister and evil-minded.”
The opposition filed by Enrile's camp is expected to be tackled tomorrow during a hearing at the Sandiganbayan Third Division.
Prosecutors asked the third division last week to suspend Enrile in connection with the plunder and graft raps filed against him.
"The purposes of the said suspension, notwithstanding his present detention, are to preserve the integrity of the prosecution of the accused by preventing him from intimidating or influencing witnesses or tampering documentary evidence, and to avoid further acts of malfeasance while in office. It is presumed that unless accused is suspended and presented from discharging official acts, he may frustrate his prosecution and commit further acts of malfeasance," the motion read.
Enrile is facing plunder and graft charges before the anti-graft court for allegedly pocketing millions of pesos in pork barrel kickbacks.