Enrile denies seeking 'redemption' via Senate bid


Posted at Feb 07 2019 08:33 AM

MANILA - Former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile on Wednesday denied that he is seeking another term in the Senate to “redeem” himself from the Priority Development Assistance Fund scam.

“What do I have to redeem? My case is there, it will be decided according to evidence. Let the people decide. Judge me,” he said.

“I know I have not done anything wrong, I think I will be acquitted."

Enrile, 94, is among several lawmakers tagged in the diversion of discretionary funds into bogus NGOs linked to businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles. He is still facing trial at the Sandiganbayan.

Enrile was detained in 2014 but was allowed by the Supreme Court to post a P1-million bail due to "instability of his health and his advanced age."

The graft trial of Enrile and several others linked to the multibillion-peso PDAF scam will begin on March 19.

Enrile earlier said mistakes in the draft federal charter proposed by President Rodrigo Duterte's Consultative Committee (ConCom) compelled him to seek a Senate comeback.

Enrile on Wednesday said the draft federal charter would pave the way for a "dictatorship."

“You created a transitory commission where you combine executive, legislative and judicial powers in that commission, without providing for a system of succession. Pag namatay ang presidente as chair, sino ang hahawak ng kapangyarihan sa bansa?" he said.

"Anong constitution ang gagamitin sa transition period? You have already knocked down the 1987 Constitution, ratified the new constitution, but not operational. Ano ang ginagamit na constitution?"

--Report from Vivienne Gulla, ABS-CBN News