MANILA - The Sandiganbayan 3rd Division has ordered the resumption of proceedings on separate plunder and graft cases against former Senator Juan Ponce Enrile, his former chief of staff Gigi Reyes, and alleged mastermind Janet Lim Napoles in connection with the P10-billion Priority Development Assistance Fund scam after being interrupted by numerous motions submitted before the anti-graft court and the Supreme Court.
In the case of Napoles and Reyes, whose plunder trial came ahead of Enrile's, the court set the continuation of proceedings later this month.
The court set the resumption of presentation of evidence on June 21, 22, 28, and 29, a break in July, and then again from August through November.
The anti-graft court is scheduled to hold its yearly inventory of cases next month. The court decided to continue the trial "considering that there is no longer any pending incident in the proceedings of the case with respect to accused Jessica Lucila Reyes."
For Enrile, whose plunder trial is yet to begin, the court set the preliminary conference throughout July.
Proceedings on cases against Enrile at the Sandiganbayan came to a halt after he went to the Supreme Court to file pleadings, including one for bail, which was eventually granted in August 2015 for humanitarian reasons.
The Sandiganbayan said in its resolution that the preliminary conference may now continue "considering that there is no longer any pending incident in the proceedings of the case" with respect to the former Senator.
Proceedings are still ongoing against several accused, including other former lawmakers, nearly four years since the scam was first bared. Discretionary government funds have since been invalidated by the Supreme Court.