Enrile asks SC to halt plunder trial

By Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 07 2014 06:32 PM | Updated as of Aug 08 2014 02:32 AM

MANILA - Senator Juan Ponce Enrile asked the Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday to stop his trial at the Sandiganbayan in connection with the pork barrel scam.

In a 75-page petition, Enrile claimed that the anti-graft court committed grave abuse of discretion in dismissing his motion for a bill of particulars, which contains the specific details of the plunder charge against him.

Enrile accused the Office of the Ombudsman of failing to provide details on its charge that he pocketed P172.8 million in kickbacks and commissions from alleged scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles for allocating portions of his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to Napoles' bogus non-government organizations (NGOs).

"Was this because he received any money from the government? From whom and for what reason did he receive any money or property from the government through which he 'unjustly enriched himself'? These questions are left unanswered because the prosecution did not bother to state them in the information," the petition read.

Enrile, who is detained at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City, stressed that the charges against him did not include the alleged date(s) and place(s) of receipt of the so-called kickbacks, names of the NGOs, how the kickbacks were allegedly paid, among others.
 
"The rest of the allegations in the information serve to add confusion. What was the overall plan? Who were parties to its conception? And to its implementation? When and how much did Napoles misappropriate for her personal gain?" the petition read.
 
Enrile asked the high court to issue a temporary restraining order (TRO) or writ of preliminary injunction to prevent the continuation of his trial while his petition is pending.