Enrile to Ombudsman: Bring it on!

Manila Reporter

MANILA – Senate minority leader Juan Ponce Enrile said he is ready to defend himself in court.

He is just waiting for the Office of the Ombudsman’s “move,” he said.

The Ombudsman previously said they have “enough” evidence against the Enrile and the other lawmakers – Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. – who supposedly funneled their “pork” funds to businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles’ bogus non-government organizations.

“I am prepared to deal with the problem in the court room,” said Enrile.

Ombudsman Conchita Morales, however, did not say when the charges will be filed before the Sandiganbayan.

The 90-year-old Enrile said he is not “bothered” by Morales’ statement, adding he is ready to face anybody “in a fair trial.”

“I have handled criminal cases enough. As a law practitioner, I grew up in the court room,” Enrile said.

He may defend himself if he will be allowed by the court, added Enrile.

Meanwhile, Revilla’s lawyer, Joel Bodegon called the statement made by the Ombudsman at a New York meeting “bias.”

Bodegon said the case is being railroaded.

“Instead of going after the syndicate of self-confessed criminals, she chose to persecute the opposition,” said Bodegon./PN