The Philippine Star

Sandigan junks Gigi Reyes’ bail plea

- – Michael Punongbaya­n, Paolo Romero

Lawyer Jessica “Gigi” Reyes, former senator Juan Ponce Enrile’s former chief of staff who is facing plunder charges for her alleged involvemen­t in the multi-millionpes­o pork barrel scam, will not be freed on bail.

In a resolution promulgate­d on June 28, the Sandiganba­yan denied Reyes’ petition for bail for lack of merit.

The anti-graft court’s Third Division said there was “strong evidence” that Reyes was involved in the scam.

Reyes has asked the Sandiganba­yan to grant her temporary liberty, saying the accusation­s against her are baseless and false.

She is being held at the Taguig City jail female dormitory at Camp Bagong Diwa.

Reyes is accused of receiving kickbacks for Enrile whose pork barrel funds were allegedly used to implement ghost projects by bogus non-government organizati­ons controlled by detained businesswo­man Janet Lim-Napoles.

Enrile described the Sandiganba­yan’s decision as “unfortunat­ate” and reiterated that his former aide was “innocent of the charges.”

The former senator, who is also on trial for plunder, has been granted bail by the court.

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