Anti-graft court orders arrest of Senator Enrile, co-accused in plunder

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Almost a month after Senator Juan Ponce Enrile and several of his alleged conspirators were charged for earning millions of pesos from the illegal diversion of his discretionary fund to fake non-governmental organizations, the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan on Friday afternoon, July 4, ordered their arrest. The court said it would only decide where the 90-year-old former senator would be detained, although no less than the President earlier indicated he should be placed under hospital arrest. The two other senators who surrendered over plunder charges in the same scam, Ramon Revilla Jr and Jinggoy Estrada, are detained at the PNP Custodial Center.

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Earlier, prosecutors tried to have the charge sheet vs Enrile amended, but later withdrew the motion. Lawyer Jose Manuel “Chel” Diokno, founding Dean of the De La Salle University College of Law, explained to Rappler the implications of amending the charge sheets against the accused. Watch here.

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