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90-year-old Philippine senator surrenders over 'pork barrel' scam

Published on Jul 4, 2014 6:41 PM
 

MANILA (REUTERS) – A 90-year-old Philippine senator, a hero of the 1986 People Power uprising that ousted dictator Ferdinand Marcos, surrendered to authorities on Friday after an anti-graft court ordered his arrest for the misuse of congressional funds.  

Juan Ponce Enrile will undergo trial for pocketing 172 million pesos (S$4.9 million) from a congressional fund known as the “pork barrel” from 2006 to 2010. The fund was abolished last year by President Benigno Aquino as part of his efforts to tackle corruption.  

Enrile was the third senator arrested on plunder charges. The court denied his petition to be freed on bail due to his old age and poor health.

“He is ready, willing and able to face the charges against him and he wants to do that to clear his name and his family,”said Jack Enrile, the senator’s son and a former congressman.

 
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