News / Asia

Philippines Charges Third Senator with Graft

Former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, second left, is pictured leaving the Philippine National Police upon his surrender on corruption charges on July 4, 2014, at Camp Crame at suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila.Former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, second left, is pictured leaving the Philippine National Police upon his surrender on corruption charges on July 4, 2014, at Camp Crame at suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila.
x
Former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, second left, is pictured leaving the Philippine National Police upon his surrender on corruption charges on July 4, 2014, at Camp Crame at suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila.
Former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, second left, is pictured leaving the Philippine National Police upon his surrender on corruption charges on July 4, 2014, at Camp Crame at suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila.
VOA News

A Philippine senator and dictatorship-era defense minister who participated in the ouster of Ferdinand Marcos nearly 30 years ago turned himself into police Friday to face embezzlement charges.

Juan Ponce Enrile is the third senator in a month to be accused of misusing congressional funds.

He arrived at national police headquarters in a convoy of SUVs Friday before being taken to a hospital for monitoring.

Authorities allege that Enrile funneled nearly $4 million from Senate coffers between 2006 and 2010 through non-governmental organizations and back to himself.

Philippine National Police Spokesman Reuben Sindac said the 90-year-old is in frail health.

"The senator has completed his regular booking process and he has completed it fairly," he said. "Of course he has a medical condition, and it has been recommended that he has to be confined in the hospital for further observation until such time that there will be a court jurisdiction."

Enrile helped lead the "people power" revolt in 1986 that overthrew Marcos, who reportedly lined his pockets and those of his allies with billions of dollars during two decades in power.

Two more senators, Ramon Revilla, Jr., and Jinggoy Estrada, were arrested in June and also face corruption charges.

Estrada, the son of former president and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, is accused of pocketing more than $4 million.

Ramon Revilla, a former TV and film start who became a senator, was arrested days before the younger Estrada on similar charges.  

The three men are among dozens of lawmakers, legislative staff and other officials accused of embezzling millions of dollars in public funds.

Revilla and Estrada have said the cases against them are politically motivated, an allegation President Benigno Aquino denies.

You May Like

EU Court Fines Poland for Hosting CIA 'Black Sites'

Ruling is first time a court has acknowledged suspects were held and tortured at the sites, under US program launched following the 9/11 terrorist attacks More

Migrant Issues Close to Home Spur Groups to Take Action

Groups placing water, food in the desert, or aiding detainees after release, have one common goal: no more deaths of migrants crossing illegally into the US More

Video At AIDS Conference, Prevention Pill Stirs Excitement

Truveda shows promise, spurring debate over access and other approaches More

Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Israel Targets Gaza Supply Tunnelsi
X
July 24, 2014 4:42 AM
The Israeli military has launched a ground operation in Gaza to destroy the myriad tunnels that may have been used to smuggle weapons to Hamas. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports that could mean more hardship for the people of Gaza, who obtain some of their essential supplies through these underground passages
Video

Video Israel Targets Gaza Supply Tunnels

The Israeli military has launched a ground operation in Gaza to destroy the myriad tunnels that may have been used to smuggle weapons to Hamas. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports that could mean more hardship for the people of Gaza, who obtain some of their essential supplies through these underground passages
Video

Video MH17's 'Black Boxes' Could Reveal Crash Details

The government of Malaysia now has custody of the cockpit voice and flight data recorders from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which was hit by a missile over Ukraine before crashing last week. As VOA's Carolyn Presutti reports, the so-called black boxes may hold information about the final minutes of the flight.
Video

Video Living in the Shadows Panel Discussion

Following a screening of the new VOA documentary, "AIDS - Living in the Shadows," at the World AIDS conference in Melbourne, a panel discussed the film and how to combat the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS.
Video

Video IAEA: Iran Turns its Enriched Uranium Into Less Harmful Form

Iran has converted its stockpiles of enriched uranium into a less dangerous form that is more difficult to use for nuclear weapons, according to the United Nations’ Atomic Energy Agency. The move complies with an interim deal reached with Western powers on Iran's nuclear program last year, in exchange for easing of sanctions. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
Video

Video Relic of Saint Draws Catholics Worried About Immigration Issue

A Roman Catholic saint who is a figure of devotion for those crossing the border into the United States is attracting believers concerned about the plight of undocumented immigrants. Mike O'Sullivan reports from Los Angeles, where a relic of Saint Toribio has drawn thousands to local churches.
Video

Video US Awards Medal of Honor for Heroics in Bloodiest of Afghan Battles

U.S. combat troops are withdrawing from Afghanistan, on pace to leave the country by the end of this year. But on Monday, U.S. President Barack Obama took time to honor a soldier whose actions while under fire in Afghanistan earned him the Medal of Honor. VOA's Jeff Seldin has more from the Pentagon.
Video

Video Ukraine Rebels Surrender MH17 Black Boxes

After days of negotiations, a senior separatist leader handed over two black boxes from an airliner downed over eastern Ukraine to Malaysian experts early Tuesday. While on Monday, the U.N. Security Council unanimously demanded that armed groups controlling the crash site allow safe and unrestricted access to the wreckage.
Video

Video In Cambodia, HIV Diagnosis Brings Deadly Shame

Although HIV/AIDS is now a treatable condition, a positive diagnosis is still a life altering experience. In Cambodia, people living with HIV are often disowned by friends, family and the community. This humiliation can be unbearable. We bring you one Cambodian woman’s struggle to overcome a life tragedy and her own HIV positive diagnosis.

AppleAndroid