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Prosecutors yet to present evidence that Enrile received kickbacks.

State prosecutors admitted that they have not yet presented any evidence that shows that Senator Juan Ponce Enrile received kickbacks from the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam.

During the oral summation at the Sandiganbayan Third Division on the bail petition of Enrile's co-accused, pork barrel scam brains Janet Lim Napoles, Associate Justice Samuel Martires asked prosecutors if they were able to show proof that Senator Enrile received kickbacks from the pork barrel scam.

"None as of this moment, for the purposes of this bail hearing," answered prosecutor Edwin Gomez.

The proceedings was conducted for the prosecutors to summarize before the court all of the evidence they presented in opposition to the bail petition of Napoles. The Third Division declared the bail petition submitted for resolution.

Following up on the question of Martires, Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang, Third Division chairperson, asked: "Should you fail to establish that the money went to Enrile, will it be correct for the court to dismiss this case?"

"Yes," Gomez replied.

In spite of this, Gomez insisted that the senator "must still be held liable because as a senator he allowed his PDAF to be used by Napoles."

"There were necessary actions or cooperation by Enrile to make the scheme a reality," Gomez told the court.


Juan Ponce Enrile/MB file photo

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Date:Sep 14, 2015
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