Drilon puts on hold JPE's suspension

By Michael Punongbayan, The Philippine Star

Posted at Aug 01 2014 04:38 AM | Updated as of Aug 01 2014 12:38 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Senate President Franklin Drilon has put on hold the Sandiganbayan order suspending Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile.

In a manifestation submitted to the anti-graft court’s Third Division yesterday, Drilon’s chief of staff Renato Bantug Jr. said the Senate leadership will await the decision on the appeal that Enrile intends to file.

Drilon’s office said the suspension order will be enforced “upon this honorable court’s disposition of the motion for reconsideration, or upon the lapse of the prescribed period to file a motion for reconsideration and no such motion is filed.”

Last week, the Sandiganbayan ordered Enrile’s suspension for 90 days based on the plunder case he is facing.

The anti-graft court’s Fifth Division also issued a preventive suspension order against Sen. Jinggoy Estrada.

Sen. Nancy Binay backs calls to allow the continued detention of Senators Enrile, Estrada and Ramon Revilla Jr. in Camp Crame. – With Christina Mendez