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Enrile trial moved to 2017

  • Written by Jester P. Manalastas
  • Published in Top Stories
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DUE to voluminous documents and evidence that need to be marked, the pre-trial of the graft cases of former Senator Juan Ponce Enrile was moved to next year.

The Sandiganbayan Third Division set the pre-trial on June 26, 2017, after granting the request of the prosecution and defense panels for more time in the marking of evidence.
   
These marked evidence and documents will be presented in the trial proper.
   
At yesterday’s proceeding, the prosecution panel told the Sandiganbayan that it has 19 more folders of evidence which needed to be marked for the trial.
   
The court set the continuation of the preliminary conference for the marking of evidence every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from January to May 2017, excluding holidays.
   
The Office of the Ombudsman filed 15 counts of violation of Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act against Enrile on June 9, 2014.
   
Aside from graft, the former Senate President is also facing a plunder case over his involvement in the pork barrel fund scam.
   
Information said that Enrile allegedly earned kickbacks from projects funded by the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) amounting to P172.8 million.
   
Reports said he entrusted his pork barrel to the bogus non-government organizations (NGOs) founded by businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles.
   
Meanwhile, Enrile is free after the Supreme Court allowed him to post bail for health and humanitarian reasons.