Enrile wants to see end of his plunder case before he dies

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 19) — Former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile said he wants to see the end of his plunder case in relation to the pork barrel scam before he dies.

Enrile, who is making a Senate comeback at age 95, told CNN Philippines' Chief Correspondent Pia Hontiveros that his lawyers are on top of the details of his case.

"As a lawyer I am confident and knowing what I am and what I did, I'm confident," he said on Politics as Usual.

His much-anticipated trial was indefinitely postponed Tuesday, while the Sandiganbayan Third Division is mum on a new schedule. Enrile has waived his rights to attend the court hearings.

In June 2014, cases were filed against Enrile, former Senators Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. and Jinggoy Estrada. But Enrile's trial had been delayed due to the supposed vagueness of allegations against him.

The 95-year-old Senate aspirant faces a plunder charge and 15 counts of graft for allegedly diverting his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to fake non-governmental organizations in exchange for kickbacks.

Enrile is out on bail after the Supreme Court reversed a Sandiganbayan ruling denying him temporary liberty in 2015.

"I would like to say that I appreciated the kindness of the Supreme Court that they allowed me to bail nonetheless because they did not want to answer that question based on the fact of my health," he said.

READ: Sandiganbayan indefinitely postpones Enrile plunder trial

Asked why he is still pursuing a Senate seat at his age, the former senator said he wants something to do.

"I get bored when I have nothing to do," Enrile said. "Second, I am more prepared now to be a senator than I were ever was."

Enrile is the oldest running Senate candidate in the 2019 midterm elections.

"I am finite. Just like everybody else but my longevity ...  is not mine. It's God's decision. He's the one who makes it long. He's the one who makes it short. It depends upon him. It just so happens that he wants me to live longer to do what he wants me to do," he said.