Enrile won't oppose live coverage of plunder trial

Posted at 06/10/14 8:28 AM

MANILA - Senator Juan Ponce Enrile won't oppose a proposal to have his trial for plunder to be aired live-if his case goes to the trial stage.

"Better, better, para open. Para malaman ng tao ang katotohanan," Enrile told reporters.

Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano earlier urged the Supreme Court to allow live media coverage of the trial of three senators linked to the pork barrel scam.

Cayetano said a swift trial would benefit Senators Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla Jr, who all claimed innocence in the scam. He also backed the request of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales for the SC to designate at least two special divisions in the Sandiganbayan to exclusively try the pork barrel cases.

"Lahat ay nililigawan ang publiko. Ang judiciary, gustong ipakita na fair siya at nanliligaw sa public opinion at mataas ang standards ng judiciary natin. Ang prosecution, nililigawan ang tao para ipakita na guilty talaga ang accused. Ang depensa, nililigawan din ang tao para ipakita na pinulitika lang o hindi totoong guilty ang kanilang kliyente. So makikita mo, win-win situation ang isang coverage," he said.