Enrile’s ex-chief of staff Gigi Reyes temporarily released from jail
MANILA, Philippines — Gigi Reyes, the former chief-of-staff of former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, was released from custody on Thursday evening, the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) said.
The decision follows the Supreme Court’s grant of Reyes’ habeas corpus petition last January 17.
“JESSICA LUCILA G. REYES was released from Taguig City Jail Female Dormitory today, 19 January 2023, at around 6:30PM.
“She was released by virtue of Petition for Habeas Corpus granted in resolution dated 17 January 2023 by the First Division, Supreme Court of the Philippines,” the BJMP said in a statement.
Reyes has been detained for her alleged role in the pork barrel scam, in which Enrile allegedly received kickbacks amounting to P172.8 million from Janet Lim Napoles, the convicted mastermind of the multi-million-peso illicit scheme.
The pork barrel scam is a conspiracy where public funds, specifically from the Priority Development Assistance Fund, were funneled to bogus non-government organizations set up or owned by Napoles.
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