Palace leaves detention of Enrile to court

Posted at 07/04/14 4:15 PM

MANILA - Malacañang is leaving it to the Sandiganbayan to decide where to detain Senator Juan Ponce Enrile once his arrest is ordered for the plunder case on the pork barrel scam.

"That is up to the Sandiganbayan. It is up for the court to consider if and when a warrant will issue, the matter of his detention place will be in the discretion of the Sandiganbayan," Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said.

The Sandiganbayan Third Division has yet to issue arrest warrants against Enrile and his co-accused, as of posting. In case he is detained, his age may be considered.

President Benigno Aquino III earlier said he does not mind giving humanitarian considerations to the 90-year-old senator.

His two colleagues who are also facing plunder and graft charges over the pork barrel scam -- Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. -- are detained at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center.

Meanwhile, Valte reiterated that the fight against corruption doesn't end at the detention of the accused.

"Remember that detention under a warrant of arrest is not conclusive and that trial will have to ensue," she said.

Valte also noted that the investigations of the Inter-Agency Graft Coordinating Council (IAGCC) on the other pork barrel scam cases are still ongoing.