STILL HOPEFUL | Bong Revilla awating Sandiganbayan verdict on plunder case
3 months ago
December 6, 2018 – The camp of former Senator Bong Revilla is still hoping for a favorable judgment as the Sandiganbayan hands down its verdict on his plunder case tomorrow.
Revilla’s legal counsel, Atty. Ramon Esguerra, says they are leaving it to the courts now that they have presented all the evidence.
“We would rather leave to the court the evaluation of the prosecution evidence. We nonetheless maintain the innocence of former Senator Revilla. We are praying in bended knees for a judgment in his favor,” Atty. Esguerra said.
“As things are, the presumption of innocence of former Senator Revilla remains until a final judgment is rendered. That constitutional right attaches even with an adverse outcome tomorrow,” he added.
In 2014, Revilla, together with former senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Jinggoy Estrada, was accused of funneling millions of pesos of pork barrel funds to non-government organizations owned or controlled by alleged Priority Development Assistant Fund (PDAF) scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles in exchange for huge kickbacks.
The Supreme Court allowed Enrile to post bail in August 2015 while Estrada was let out on bail in 2017. Meanwhile, Napoles and Revilla’s requests for bail and jail transfer were denied.
All three senators are now seeking re-election in the upcoming 2019 senatorial polls.
Prior to her retirement, former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales worked on Revilla’s case. She says the evidences they gathered are sufficient for a guilty verdict.
“I am not going to attend the promulgation [tomorrow]. Given the evidence the [Office of the Ombudsman] gathered, if I were a judge, I would convict him. Period,” Morales said in a text message.