On August 18, 2015, the Supreme Court granted the bail petition of Senator Juan Ponce Enrile, one of the three senators facing plunder charges in connection with the pork barrel scam. The decision was announced by Supreme Court spokesman Ted Te, who was visibly embarrassed with what he had to say at the press briefing.
“The court granted the petition for bail of petitioner Juan Ponce Enrile, subject to the terms and conditions to be specified by the Court in its Order which will be forthcoming,” he said. He did not provide any details.
Anger, disgust, contempt . . . and even more negative unspeakable sentiments toward the eight associate justices of the Supreme Court are what curdled in my core when they granted bail to Enrile for a non-bailable charge of plunder.
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I had the same guttural reaction when the Supreme Court decided that GMA granted ERAP an unconditional pardon, thereby allowing ERAP to run for public office and resume his criminal political enterprise—when he should have been rightfully executed to death after his conviction of plunder if not for the political machinations of GMA and the bicameral congress.
Because the punishment for plunder had been watered-down from death to reclusión perpetua (life imprisonment), Enrile will NOT be executed to death when he is convicted of plunder but will only serve a sentence of life imprisonment while being barred from holding political office. It’s about time Enrile got convicted of something . . . anything, in light of the innumerable and grave crimes he and his progeny have perpetrated since the Marcos Dictatorship to the present.
Next to Marcos himself, Enrile was (and apparently still is) the quintessential “all-powerful” and “untouchable”, except that Enrile has managed to remain consistently at the apex of the political food chain up to the present day, well after Marcos was puked out of the country thirty years ago. Until recently, no one dared to accuse Enrile for fear of a gruesome and/or deathly reprisal. Hence, convicting Enrile of plunder today would be analogous to the conviction of Al Capone for tax evasion nearly a century ago. As the saying goes, “There’s plenty more where that came from.”
Enrile has been an exceptionally corrupt government official and he has been exceptionally skilful in extricating himself from tight situations like the one he’s just gotten away with. The Supreme Court had an exceptional opportunity to apply the rule of law to an individual who has skirted the law all his life. And the Supreme Court blew it!
It was bad enough that Enrile exploited his alleged ailing health to avoid confinement in a jail cell and be transferred to a hospital (PNP General Hospital then Makati Medical Center). Any ordinary criminal would have simply expired in a jail cell as a result of his ailing health. Why should an extraordinary criminal like Enrile be treated any better?
It’s another matter altogether for the Supreme Court to grant Enrile bail on a non-bailable charge of plunder, thereby creating a loophole, establishing a precedent and providing an easy way out for any individual charged with a “non-bailable” offense—whatever that means today.
No wonder the go-to lawyer of super crooks and, not surprisingly, Enrile’s counsel, Estelito Mendoza, foreshadowed that the veteran senator “will be overjoyed to regain his freedom.” This was followed by another shameless proclamation by another counsel of Enrile, Lawyer Joseph Sagandoy. He said, they will “immediately post the required bail so the senator can again actively perform his duties and responsibilities as a senator”—even though Enrile’s non-bailable charge of plunder should have already stripped him of his functions as a senator.
Note that the above intent of Enrile to actively perform his duties and responsibilities as a senator directly negates his petition for bail citing his advanced age. If he can function at the Senate, then he sure as hell can sit through his case in court in a jail cell, like all the other plunderers. The other so-called mitigating circumstance, voluntary surrender, is nothing more than selling a favor that doesn’t exist. The fact is, the world has gotten much smaller for corrupt government officials like Enrile. He would have been picked-up in a heartbeat if he tried to escape; therefore, voluntary surrender was his only recourse.
The worst part that renders the Supreme Court a supremely inutile body is that the plunder case against Enrile “will practically go back to square one since the Supreme Court also granted his motion for bill of particulars last week.” Hence, “The prosecution will have to amend the information against him or provide the required details and particulars of the charges against him. Otherwise, the case may be dismissed,” according to Lawyer Sagandoy. (underscore mine)
So, the Supreme Court’s decision on Enrile’s petition appears to be far more sinister than just granting bail to an old fart. It’s a superbly orchestrated prelude to unencumbered freedom with all the trappings of the diabolical Enrile. Thanks to the cooperation and collaboration of eight associate justices at the Supreme Court, who were all appointed by GMA . . . who has been allowed to remain under hospital arrest . . . who is also raring to be released on bail on humanitarian grounds. Well, well . . . what a happy coincidence!
Predictably, the next in line to petition for bail would include GMA, Sexy, Pogi and, when they are finally charged for plunder and slapped in jail, Binay et al. After all, the floodgates have been opened. The following are the names and faces of the traitors in the Supreme Court. May their souls rot in hell!