HIGHLIGHT: The Ombudsman is required to provide Senator Minority Floor Leader Juan Ponce Enrile with bill of particulars -a request by Enrile's camp to make allegations against him specific- according to a decision today by the Supreme Court (SC). This has been the second time SC has ruled about it by recently denying the government watchdog's motion to reverse their decision last year.
In August 2015, the SC decided that the embattled senator be granted a bill of particular to make him sufficiently informed of the merits of plunder charges filed against him, which the Ombudsman countered with a motion for reconsideration.
The Office of the Ombudsman is responsible for investigating and prosecuting government officials accused of crimes, most importantly, graft and corruption. The bill of particulars for Enrile must contain the following according to an Inquirer report:
* A breakdown of the amounts of the “kickbacks or commissions” and how the amount P172 million was arrived at.
* The particular overt acts they committed to constitute the “combination.”
* A brief description of the “identified projects” where the kickbacks or commissions were received.
* Approximate dates or at least the year of receipt of the alleged kickbacks.
* Name of Janet Lim Napoles’ non-government organizations which were the recipient or target implementors of the PDAF projects.
* Government agencies where Enrile allegedly endorsed Napoles’ NGOs.
In Sandiganbayan, the motion for bill of particulars was denied which prompted Enrile to escalate to the highest court.
The 91-year-old senator was also allowed bail in August, 2015 and now is performing his duties after posting bail in 2014, with his health reason and age proving to be compelling reason to allow bail.
Photo Credits Inquirer report Richard Reyes