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Philippine court orders third senator arrested over graft scandal

Published on Jul 4, 2014 5:10 PM

MANILA (AFP) - A Philippine court on Friday ordered the arrest of Senator Juan Ponce Enrile, one of the country's most prominent politicians and the third legislator facing criminal charges in a massive corruption scandal.

The 90-year-old former defence secretary, senate president, and martial-law enforcer of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos is accused of taking nearly US$4 million (S$5 million) in kickbacks from illegally diverted state funds.

"The first order of arrest is issued against Senator Juan Ponce Enrile," court clerk Dennis Pulma told reporters, reading from a resolution of a special anti-graft tribunal that has also ordered four other suspects detained, including an aide to the politician.

Enrile's spokeswoman Lizette Nepomuceno told AFP he was consulting his lawyers.

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