Enrile suspension starts; Jinggoy next

Posted at 09/01/14 1:47 PM

MANILA - Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile will be suspended as a senator for 90 days pending litigation of his P172-million plunder case in connection with the pork barrel scam.

Senate President Franklin Drilon said he will implement the suspension order after the Sandiganbayan Third Division denied Enrile's plea to lift his 90-day suspension from office.

"Today I will implement the order of the Sandiganbayan on the suspension of Senator Enrile. I have no recourse but to implement this, as we received the order of the Sandiganbayan denying the motion for reconsideration of Senator Enrile. The suspension will be effective today, and the suspension will be automatically lifted after 90 days," Drilon said.

"This is the order of the Sandiganbayan and we have no recourse but to implement it, consistent with the decision of the Supreme Court in the case involving a member of the legislature."

Drilon said that under the rules, a senator who is under preventive suspension cannot file bills, sign committee reports or chair committee hearings.

Enrile's staff will continue to get their salaries, he said.

Enrile is facing one count of plunder and 15 counts of graft before the Sandiganbayan for his alleged link to the pork barrel scam of Janet Lim Napoles.

Meanwhile, the Senate President said he will also implement the preventive suspension of Sen. Jinggoy Estrada once he receives the Sandiganbayan ruling rejecting the latter's motion for reconsideration.

He said the Sandiganbayan order is immediately executory unless restrained by the Supreme Court.

"Again, I have no recourse, but the moment I receive this order, we will also implement it and we will report to the Sandiganbayan because we are required to report within five days from receipt of the order," Drilon said.