MANILA: The Senate has notified the Sandiganbayan that the 90-day suspension orders Senate minority leader Juan Ponce Enrile and Sen Jinggoy Estrada have not been enforced since the two senators have filed motions for reconsideration before the anti-graft court.
Senate President Franklin Drilon manifested however that the leadership is ready to comply with its order to suspend Estrada and Enrile, who are now jailed for plunder charges in connection with Disbursement Acceleration Programme (DAP) scam.
In two separate motions of compliance and manifestation filed before the Third and Fifth divisions, respectively, Drilon said his office had received the two orders for Estrada and Enrile.
The motions signed by lawyer Renato Bantug Jr, the Senate president’s chief of staff.
Bantug said the Senate put on hold the suspension orders for Enrile and Estrada since their respective offices have informed them that motions of recommendations are being filed.
“…This Office hereby manifests that it would take appropriate action on the suspension order upon this Honourable Court’s disposition of the motion for reconsideration, or upon the lapse of the prescribed period to file for a motion for reconsideration and no such motion is filed,” read the three-page motion filed before the Third Division.
The plunder case against Enrile is pending before the Sandiganbayan’s Third Division while Estrada’s case is handled by the First Division.
THE PHILIPPINE STAR