Supreme Court upholds Enrile bail grant

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(File photo) Former Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday upheld its decision granting a bail plea of former Senator Juan Ponce Enrile.

With this decision, the SC denied a motion for reconsideration by the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG), asking the high court to reverse its August 2015 decision.

In the recent decision, the majority of the magistrates ruled that “the people were not kept in the dark about nor were they denied a reasonable opportunity to rebut the instability of [Enrile’s] health.”

The majority also refuted the argument that Enrile was given preferential treatment because he was a Senator. The decision, rather, stated that the grant of bail was due to his health condition, which, according to the court was sufficiently proven.

Finally, the majority also pointed out that Enrile had proven that he was not a flight risk.

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Associate Justices Presbitero Velasco Jr., Teresita Leonardo-De Castro, Arturo Brion, Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Jose Perez, and Bienvenido Reyes voted to deny the OSG’s motion.

While six magistrates — Antonio Carpio, Mariano Del Castillo, Estela Perlas-Bernabe, Marvic Leonen, Alfredo Caguioa, and Chief Justice Maria Lordes Sereno — didn't agree with the majority.

Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza abstained, while Associate Justice Jose Mendoza is on leave.

SC directs Comelec to comment on PDP-Laban case vs SOCE extension

In another case, the SC also directed the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to comment within 10 days on the petition filed by President Duterter's political party, Partido Demokratiko Pilipino - Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).

PDP-Laban is challenging the poll body's move to extend the filing of the statement of contributions and expenditures (SOCE).

The party previously stated that the poll body should not tolerate the “whims and caprices” of the Liberal Party (LP).

The LP had asked for an extension saying the expense documents were voluminous.

As for the electoral protest of defeated vice presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos — the Presidential Electoral Tribunal said it would issue a resolution "in due course."

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