MANILA – The Sandiganbayan has denied the motion of lawyer Jessica Lucila “Gigi” Reyes, the former chief of staff of former senator Juan Ponce Enrile, to junk her plunder case.
Reyes is facing a plunder case with Enrile and alleged pork barrel scam key player, businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles.
Enrile allegedly pocketed P172.8 million in pork barrel kickbacks after funneling his discretionary funds to Napoles’ fake non-government organizations.
The anti-graft court argued that Reyes’ motion lacked merit and she should have filed the motion to quash (dismiss) before her arraignment.
With the court’s decision, Reyes will remain in detention at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City.
The Supreme Court earlier allowed the bail petition of Enrile, who asked the high court to consider his advanced age and voluntary surrender. - report from Carolyn Bonquin, ABS-CBN News