Enrile asks Sandiganbayan Justice to inhibit in PDAF cases

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 01 2017 05:21 PM | Updated as of Jun 01 2017 07:22 PM

Former senator Juan Ponce Enrile is asking Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice and 3rd Division Chair Amparo Cabotaje-Tang to inhibit in his Priority Development Assistance Fund scam cases. 

In his motion to recuse, Enrile asked for the "voluntary inhibition" of Cabotaje-Tang from his cases. 

Enrile noted that Cabotaje-Tang was appointed presiding justice of the Sandiganbayan by former President Benigno Aquino III "notwithstanding being the most junior among the Associate Justices" of the anti-graft court. 

The former senator noted Aquino even made mention of three senators implicated in the P10 billion pork barrel scam during the State of the Nation Address last July 27, 2015. "If there is anyone who still doubts that justice is blind in the Philippines, it would be best if they turned their attention to the three senators currently detained or to a former President still under hospital arrest," Aquino said in his speech. 

In his motion, Enrile noted how former US Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Cardozo described the "subconscious forces" which may have affected the verdicts rendered by Cabotaje-Tang. 

He also noted that their motion for bill of particulars at the Sandiganbayan was denied by the court in July 10, 2014 but a similar motion submitted to the Supreme Court was partially granted. 

Enrile is facing plunder and graft charges for the supposed misuse of his PDAF. 

Asked for a statement, Cabotaje-Tang refused to comment on the motion filed against her. 

In the hearing of the motion Thursday, the court gave the prosecution ten days to reply and the defense seven days to comment.