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    Philippine senator fails to stop suspension

    PHILIPPINE Senator Juan Ponce Enrile failed to stop the Sandiganbayan (anti-graft court) third division from imposing the 90-day preventive suspension order against him after it junked his motion for reconsideration Friday for lack of merit.
    Sandiganbayan justices said they see no reason at all why they need to reverse their earlier order.
    In his argument, Enrile claims that only the Senate has the jurisdiction to impose suspension against him being one of the current members of that chamber.
    “Wherefore, premises considered, accused Juan Ponce Enrile's Motion for Reconsideration dated August 5, 2014 is hereby denied for lack of merit,” the decision reads.
    The embattled senator is facing one count of plunder and 15 counts of graft at the Sandiganbayan for allegedly pocketing P172.8 million in public funds by diverting his Priority Development Assistance Fund allocations to suspected bogus non-government organizations owned by Janet Lim Napoles.
    Meanwhile, Philippine General Hospital (PGH) Director Jose Gonzales asked the court to give them more time to subject the former Senate President to more tests to determine his present condition.
    “However, in view of the requested pulmonary examination, the undersigned further respectfully requests that he be given an extension of 15 days from August 26, 2014 or until September 10, 2014, within which to submit the PGH report or recommendation on the medical assessment on Sen. Enrile,” the two-page request of Dr. Gonzales reads.
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