Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile, sinuri muna ng mga doktor bago binasahan ng sakdal; Enrile, hindi nagpasok ng plea

admin   •   July 11, 2014   •   2035

Senator Juan Ponce Enrile (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Muntik pang hindi matuloy ang pagbasa ng sakdal kanina kay Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile sa kasong plunder dahil sa health condition nito.

Naghain ng motion to defer arraignment sa korte ang senador.

Dito pinagsalita ng mga justice si Enrile tungkol sa kanyang kalagayan.

Ayon kay Enrile, posibleng makasama sa kanyang kalusugan kung itutuloy ang arraignment dahil noong mga nakaraang araw ay umaabot sa 210/100 ang kanyang blood pressure. Sinabi rin nito na mayroong nakakabit sa kanyang isang device upang regular na mamonitor ang kanyang heartbeat. Dalawang doktor ang sumuri sa 90 taong gulang na senador bago basahan ng sakdal.

Upang makasiguro, ipinatawag ng korte si Dr. Santos mula sa PGH, at ayon sa doktor 160/70 ang huli nilang nakuhang BP kay Enrile.

Ipinatawag rin ng korte si Sandiganbayan Dr. Eduardo Viola upang suriin ang kondisyon ng senador at lumabas na 150/80 nalang ang BP nito.

Matapos ang eksaminasyon, kinumpirma naman ng doktor ng PGH na nasa tamang kondisyon si Enrile at maaari itong basahan ng sakdal. Dahil sa katandaan, pinahintulutan ng korte na manatiling nakaupo ang senador sa buong proseso ng kanyang arraignment.
Hindi ito nagpasok ng plea.

Ayon kay Atty. Estelito Mendoza, naniniwala ang kanyang kliyente na walang hurisdiksyon ang korte na hawakan ang kanyang kaso.

Sinabi rin nito na base sa impormasyong inihain ng Ombudsman sa Sandiganbayan, hindi nakasaad doon na direktang tumanggap ng kickback ang senador kay Napoles. Nakatakdang i-aplela ng kampo ni Enrile sa Korte Suprema ang kaso.

Ang kapwa akusado naman na si Janet Lim-Napoles nagpasok ng not guilty plea.

Hindi naman natuloy ang pagbasa ng sakdal kay Gigi Reyes, ang dating Chief of Staff ni Enrile na akusado rin sa plunder at graft.

Ayon sa kanyang abugado na si Atty. Anacleto Diaz, hindi maayos ang health condition ni Gigi kaya hiniling nito sa korte na ipagpaliban muna ang kanyang arraignemnt.

Ipinagutos naman ng Sandiganbayan 3rd division na isama sa susunod na pagdinig ang mismong doktor na sumuri kay Reyes upang makumpirma ng korte ang kondisyon nito.

Itinakda sa July 18 at 25 at August 1 and 8, 1:30 ng hapon ang preliminary conference sa kaso habang sa August 18 naman ang pretrial.

Muling babalik sa Sandiganbayan si Enrile sa July 18 para naman sa arraignment sa kanyang kasong graft matapos itong ipagpaliban ng korte dahil sa motion to admit amended information na inihain ng prosekusyon. (Grace Casin, UNTV News)

Application for SC, Court of Appeals posts now open – JBC

Robie de Guzman   •   May 25, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has announced the opening of applications or recommendations for positions at the Supreme Court (SC) and the Court of Appeals (CA).

In an announcement posted on SC Public Information Office’s Twitter account, the JBC said applicants who will be selected in the process will occupy the position to be vacated by SC Associate Justice Jose Reyes Jr., who will retire on September 18, and former CA Presiding Justice Romeo Barza, who retired on August 2, 2019.

In its advisory, the JBC said interested applications must visit its official website, and access the online application scheduler.

After filling out the computer-generated letter of intent, they must submit it along with the documentary requirements to this JBC e-mail on the selected date and time of appointment in the online application scheduler.

The JBC emphasized that the digitized versions of the letter of intent they will submit must be “complete” and “accurate.”

“The documentary requirements should be in Portable Document Format (PDF) and e-mailed in a single file only, following the order of documents as enumerated in the Announcement posted on the JBC website,” it said.

“The date of actual receipt of the complete documentary requirements (sent through e-mail) shall be deemed as the date of filing,” it added.

The JBC further said that applicants are also required to submit two complete sets of the documentary requirements through courier service not later than 4:30 p.m. of July 7, 2020 to its office along Padre Faura Street in Manila.

It warned that applicants who will fail to comply with the requirements of online and physical submission of the documentary requirements will not be considered for nomination.

The JBC likewise announced it has set on May 28 at 10 a.m. an online public interview of candidates for the SC Associate Justice position vacated by former Associate Justice Andres Reyes Jr., who compulsorily retired on May 11, 2020.

The candidates are as follows:

  • Ramon Bato Jr.
  • Priscilla Baltazar-Padilla
  • Edwin Sorongon
  • Nina Antonio-Valenzuela

The JBC said that the following are also candidates for the said judicial position, but whose previous interviews are still valid:

  • Manuel Barrios
  • Amparo Cabotaje-Tang
  • Ramon Cruz
  • Japar Dimaampao
  • Jhosep Lopez
  • Jose Midas Marquez
  • Eduardo Peralta Jr.
  • Pablito Perez
  • Rizardo Rosario

The JBC is a constitutional office that accepts, screens, and nominates appointments to the judiciary.

It will then submit a list of nominees to President Rodrigo Duterte for selection, and whoever is appointed will complete the membership in the SC composed of 15 justices.

SC directs NTC, Congress to answer ABS-CBN vs closure order

Robie de Guzman   •   May 19, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday ordered the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) and Congress to comment on the petition filed by the ABS-CBN Corporation, challenging the cease and desist order that forced the network to go off the air earlier this May.

In a statement, the SC Public Information Office (PIO) said the magistrates gave the NTC 10 days from receipt of the notice to respond to the petition.

The NTC was named as the only respondent to ABS-CBN’s petition but the SC said it separately impleaded the Senate and the House of Representatives as parties to the case and required them to comment on the petition, stated the press briefer posted by the SC on its Twitter account.

The High Court also gave the NTC five days to reply to the comments to be filed by the Senate and the House.

The SC PIO said these actions were unanimously approved by the 14 SC Justices during an En Banc session on Tuesday.

The SC did not issue a temporary restraining order, as requested by the ABS-CBN in its petition, against the implementation of NTC’s closure order which it claims was issued without notice and hearing.

The NTC issued a shutdown order against ABS-CBN after its franchise expired on May 4.

In its petition, the media company argued that the NTC acted with grave abuse of discretion and violated its rights to equal protection and due process by issuing the order.

The company claimed that the NTC should have deferred to Congress that have earlier sent a formal letter asking the agency to allow ABS-CBN to continue operating while bills seeking for its franchise renewal remain pending in the House of Representatives.

It also asked the SC to nullify and set aside the cease and desist order which directed the network to stop the broadcast operations of its television and radio stations on May 5.

The SC PIO also confirmed that the High Court denied the motion of lawyer Lorenzo Gadon to consolidate his petition – which sought for the NTC to be prevented from issuing a provisional authority to ABS-CBN – with the plea of the network.

ABS-CBN petition vs NTC order raffled to SC justice – spox

Robie de Guzman   •   May 11, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The plea of the ABS-CBN Corporation against the order of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) that forced it to halt its broadcast operations last week has been raffled off to a Supreme Court (SC) magistrate, its spokesperson confirmed Monday.

In a message to reporters, Supreme Court spokesperson Brian Keith Hosaka said the ABS-CBN’s petition has been raffled to a member-in-charge on Monday morning.

“I just want to confirm that the new petition filed by ABS-CBN against NTC has been raffled this morning to a member-in-charge,” Hosaka said.

“The results of the raffle is confidential pursuant to the internal rules of the Supreme Court,” he added.

A member-in-charge is a magistrate who will be in-charge of the progress of the case, according to SC’s internal rules.

The ABS-CBN Corporation’s petition seeks to nullify and set aside the cease and desist order issued by the NTC.

The media network also pleaded for the release of a temporary restraining order and/or preliminary injunction “to prevent grave and irreparable injury” to the company and its employees.

In its petition, the media network said the NTC acted with grave abuse of discretion and violated its rights to equal protection and due process by issuing the order.

The company claimed that the NTC should have deferred to Congress that have earlier sent a formal letter asking the agency to allow ABS-CBN to continue operating while bills seeking for its franchise renewal remain pending in the House of Representatives.

The NTC issued a cease and desist order on May 5, directing ABS-CBN to stop operating its various TV and radio broadcasting stations nationwide due to the expiration of its legislative franchise. The network’s franchise expired on May 4.

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