Former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile continues to push for the exclusion of Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang from dealing with his plunder case within the pork barrel rip-off.
“The standard for recusal always used by the Supreme Court is not just reasonable doubt, or substantial doubt, as to the impartiality of the judge, but ‘any’ doubt,” learn his remark filed earlier than the Sandiganbayan Third Division.
“The Supreme Court has explained that ‘[a]t the outset, [a judge] should inhibit himself from the case if only to avoid any doubt or suspicion of bias and partiality against [a party]’,” he defined.
Enrile who had already filed a earlier movement looking for her inhibition has expressed doubt Tang would give him honest remedy contemplating she acquired appointed to her post by former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.
His co-accused and former chief-of-staff, lawyer Jessica Lucila Reyes, has additionally joined him in inhibiting Tang.
Apart from plunder, Enrile can also be charged with 15 counts of graft in reference to the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) rip-off.
Under the charges, Enrile is accused of getting amassed P172 million in kickbacks from pork barrel rip-off queen Janet Lim Napoles in trade for selecting her non-government organizations (NGOs) to implement ghost initiatives funded by the previous lawmaker’s PDAF.