MANILA, Philippines – Senator Juan Ponce Enrile’s former top aide Jessica Lucilla “Gigi” Reyes is again seeking the help of the Supreme Court, this time against the Sandiganbayan.
In her lengthy plea for a writ of preliminary injunction and Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against the anti-graft court, she urged the high tribunal to order the Sandiganbayan Third Division to desist from hearing the charges of graft and plunder against her. Aside from that, she also petitioned the SC to quash her arrest warrant.
Reyes and Enrile are both facing plunder and graft charges along with Senators Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. and Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada in connection to the pork barrel scam.
According to the petition, the Sandiganbayan was guilty of gravely abusing its discretion when it issued a warrant of arrest against her by following the Ombudsman’s recommendation without even having closely investigated if there was indeed a solid basis for the graft and plunder charges against her.
The Sandiganbayan would have most likely thrown out the charges against her if only it had conducted a “judicious and independent evaluation” of the evidence which it failed to do, it added.
This is the second time that Gigi Reyes has sought the intervention of the Supreme Court. In June, she also filed the same petition with the high court to prevent the Ombudsman from recommending graft and plunder charges against her on the grounds that she was denied copies of the findings of its investigation. She also claimed that the documents bearing her supposed signatures were all forged.
Reyes is currently confined in the Philippine Heart Center’s Intensive Care Unit after experiencing chest pains and difficulty of breathing reportedly brought on by her fear of being detained together with a group of female NPAs at Camp Bagong Diwa, Bicutan.
Her lawyers are also petitioning the Sandiganbayan to let her stay inside the hospital until her condition improves and transfer her to the PNP Custodial Center since its General Hospital was nearby in case of emergency.