MANILA (Mabuhay) – Senator Franklin Drilon implemented on Monday the 90-day suspension of Senator Juan Ponce Enrile as ordered by the Sandiganbayan Third Division.
Drilon said he has just received the anti-graft court’s order on Enrile.
“Today I will implement the order of the Sandiganbayan on the suspension of Senator Enrile. I have no recourse but to implement this, as we received the order of the Sandiganbayan denying the motion for reconsideration of Senator Enrile,” Drilon told reporters.
He said the suspension will be automatically lifted after 90 days.
Drilon, however, has yet to implement the suspension of Sen. Jinggoy Estrada because he has yet to receive the order from the court.
The Sandiganbayan Fifth Division ordered Estrada’s suspension on August 28.
“I read in the papers that the Sandiganbayan has also denied the motion for reconsideration of Sen. Jinggoy Estrada,” Drilon said.
“Again, I have no recourse, but the moment I receive this order, we will also implement it and we will report to the Sandiganbayan because we are required to report within five days from receipt of the order,” he added.
Drilon said suspended senators may neither file bills nor sign committee reports.
“Hindi sila pwedeng mag-file ng bill, hindi sila pwedeng pumirma ng mga Committee Report. Sa committee chairmanship, there will be acting chairmen,” he said
The Senate President said that while a suspended senator wouldn’t receive his or her salary and other benefits, his or her staff would continue to receive theirs.
“Yung staff are employees of the Senate, hindi po apektado yan. In fact these are employees of the Senate na sa kanila naka-detail. Yung co-terminus, empleyado ng Senado yan. Hindi empleyadong personal ng mga senador,” he clarified. (MNS)