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16 senators ask Sandigan to place aging, ailing JPE under house arrest

Then Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile blows candles on his birthday cake given by Senate employees in this February 2013 file photo.
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(UPDATE - 3:30 p.m.) MANILA - Sixteen senators, or two thirds of the chamber, have written the anti-graft court, asking it to place detained colleague Juan Ponce Enrile under house arrest at his Makati residence, as he continues to face a host of ailments.

Led by Senate Minority Floor Leader Vicente Sotto III, 15 other senators signed a letter addressed to the Third Division of the Sandiganbayan to grant the house arrest request.

Aside from Sotto, the two-page letter, dated March 9, 2015, was signed by Senators Serge Osmeña, JV Ejercito, Nancy Binay, Gregorio Honasan, Ralph Recto, Edgardo Angara, Cynthia Villar, Lito Lapid, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., Bam Aquino, Grace Poe, Loren Legarda, Teofisto Guingona III, Francis Escudero and Senate President Franklin Drilon.

"May it please the Honorable Court to be provided the journal of the Senate containing the privilege speech of the undersigned on the matter of the possibility of granting the situs of detention of former Senate President/Senator Juan Ponce Enrile at his residence in Dasmarinas Villas, Makati City," Sotto said in the letter.
Sotto said that other senators have expressed conformity with the intent and tenor of his privilege speech, "and the undersigned have taken this opportunity to submit the same as an attachment in any previous or future motion of the counsel of Senator Enrile seeking the grant of said house arrest."

Among those who did not sign the letter were Senators Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Antonio Trillanes IV, Pia Cayetano. Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III and Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano.
Aside from Enrile, Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr., are detained for cases of plunder and malversation in relation to the P10 billion pork barrel scam.