Lawmaker wants 'agile' Enrile back to detention


Posted at Mar 13 2018 03:17 PM | Updated as of Mar 13 2018 05:45 PM

Former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile. File photo

MANILA - A party-list lawmaker on Tuesday said former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile should be jailed anew since the latter is "agile" enough.

Akbayan Rep. Tom Villarin made the comment after reports surfaced that the 94-year-old Enrile, currently on bail while on trial for plunder, had volunteered to be part of the prosecution team in the looming impeachment trial of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

Enrile, who is facing plunder charges for his alleged role in the multibillion-peso Priority Development Assistance Fund scam, was released on bail in 2015 for humanitarian reasons, with the Supreme Court citing his poor health in ruling in his favor. 

He was detained for more than a year at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City. 

"He was released... based on physical incapacity because he’s 94 years old, so if he is agile and can move then perhaps he should be put back in jail, [in] which case he can involve himself in the trial while in jail,” Villarin said.

Enrile presided over the Senate impeachment trial that convicted the late Chief Justice Renato Corona in 2012. The latter was convicted for failing to disclose around $2.4 million in bank deposits in his statement of assets, liabilities, and net worth (SALN).

The former lawmaker recently released a paper, a copy of which was obtained by ABS-CBN, in which he called attention to the constitutional requirement for public officials to fully disclose their wealth. 

-- with a report from RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News