Thursday, 8 November 2018
Sandigan: Decision on plunder case vs. Bong Revilla known on December 7
The fate of detained former Senator "Bong" Revilla Jr. will be determined on December 7 when the Sandiganbayan promulgates its decision on the plunder case against him over the multi-billion-peso pork barrel fund scam, some four years after it was filed.
"The Court hereby sets the promulgation of the decision of this case on December 7, 2018, at 8:30 in the morning," the First Division said in its supplemental order dated November 5.
The Sandiganbayan is also set to render its judgment for his co-accused, former aide Atty. Richard Cambe and alleged scheme mastermind Janet Lim Napoles.
Revilla will become the first accused in the multi-billion-peso scheme to be handed with a verdict before the Sandiganbayan. This will also be the first for Napoles among the five plunder and numerous graft charges she is facing.
In contrast, the cases of Revilla's former Senate colleagues, Jinggoy Estrada and Juan Ponce Enrile, are still at the trial and pre-trial stages, respectively. All three of them are seeking Senate seats anew.
The verdict for Revilla and his co-accused comes more than four years since their indictment at the Sandiganbayan on June 6, 2014. Revilla, for his part, surrendered to authorities on June 20.
Revilla is accused of allegedly amassing ill-gotten wealth worth P224.5 million by channeling his Priority Development Assistance Fund, or pork barrel, to the fake foundations of Napoles.
The Sandiganbayan continued the hearings even if Revilla's legal team sought for his release from jail and the dismissal of his case before the Supreme Court.
It wrapped up the proceedings after the prosecution bared that it was resting its case onAugust 9 after more than a year of trial, wherein Revilla himself testified in his defense.
During his testimony on June 28, Revilla said he never understood the charges filed by prosecutors from the Office of the Ombudsman nor did he receive any of the supposed kickbacks from Napoles.
"I never received money from Janet Lim Napoles at sa mga kasama niya coming from my PDAF or whatsoever. I may have met her, but I don't know her that well. Nakita ko lang siya sa mga parties," Revilla had said.
The former lawmaker said in his closing arguments that the prosecution failed to overcome his presumption of innocence especially after state-witness Marina Sula retracted her testimony.
Sula had said it was fellow whistleblower Benhur Luy who forged the signatures of Revilla facilitating the release of PDAF funds and she was supposedly coached by the prosecution on what to say in her testimony during the bail hearings.
The prosecution, however, said the recantation of Sula will have no bearing in its case against Revilla.
Deputy Special Prosecutor Manuel Soriano had said the testimony of Sula may be the result of her fears of indictment in other pending cases against her such as the complaint filed by the Anti-Money Laundering Council.
He added Sula still testified that it was Cambe who signed the memorandum of agreements in favor of the Napoles foundations on behalf of his former boss.
An unfaithful wife and her barangay captain lover were caught together inside a hotel in San Jose City, Nueva Ecija and now facing an...
LOOK | OFW na Ina nabahala sa 2 taon gulang na bata, Pinapahirapan ng Ama sa tuwing di makakabigay ng peraInang nanawagan sa social media na mapaabot ang nangyayari sa anak niya kay Idol Raffy, Iba't-ibang klaseng paghihirap ang dinadanas ...
WATCH | OFW Misis na Ipinagpalit sa Mayamang Pakistani si kuyang Ahente ng Kalabaw, Idol Raffy Nairita sa PaliwanagNothing is more painful than seeing your children suffer because of your marital issues with your wife. Despite the ongoing infidelity of...
Sapul sa CCTV ang pagdagan at pagyapos ng isang baby sitter sa isang sanggol na isa sa mga inaalagaan nito. Ang insidente, ikinasawi n...
WATCH | Idol Raffy Gustong Makulong ang Tatay ng Bata na Ginagawang Panakot sa Inang OFW para Magpadala ng PeraInang nanawagan sa social media na mapaabot ang nangyayari sa anak niya kay Idol Raffy, Iba't-ibang klaseng paghihirap ang dinadanas...
WATCH | Isang Kababayan Natin ang Nakuhanan ng Video ang Pang-aalok ng Pera ng kanyang Amo Kapalit ang Sekswal na PaborPinay OFW ay lubhang nangangailangan ng tulong pagkatapos magpadala siya ng isang video sa kanyang kaibigan na nagpapakita ng kanyang tag...
Sa pamamagitan ng social media, 'di na nagpatumpik-tumpik pa ang isang mister nang ibulgar nito ang pangangalvnya umano ng kanyang ...
Recently, a certain man asks for help to the police to arr3st his wife named Aziel Tubiera who has another aff₳ir which is a barangay ca...
Ants are considered to be common insects as we fairly see them everywhere may it be on our own homes or not. However, a post about an ant...
(Photo) Misis na Nahuli na May kasamang iba sa Hotel, Nilagyan ng Sili ang Maselang Bahagi ng KatawanRelationships are mostly founded on trust and loyalty, Many relationships break because one party or both are not trustworthy enough. O...