Sandigan urged to nix plea protecting Revilla’s assets

Senator Bong Revilla, shown in photo on his way to be detained on plunder and graft charges, said his lawyer, Sal Panelo, only talked about the rats and roaches in his cell in jest. Revilla’s lawyer has said the senator’s family saw rats “as big as cats” inside the senator’s cell. (MNS photo)

Senator Bong Revilla, shown in photo on his way to be detained on plunder and graft charges, said his lawyer, Sal Panelo, only talked about the rats and roaches in his cell in jest. Revilla’s lawyer has said the senator’s family saw rats “as big as cats” inside the senator’s cell. (MNS photo)

MANILA, Sept 18 (Mabuhay) – The Office of the Special Prosecutor told the Sandiganbayan 1st Division that the petition filed by Senator Bong Revilla against the anti-graft court’s decision to attach his properties should be dismissed.

In a comment to Revilla’s petition for certiorari, which said the attachment or what may be called a freeze order was erroneous and premature, the prosecution reiterated that there is prima facie evidence against Revilla who was charged with a 224 million peso plunder case in connection with the pork barrel scam.

“There is prima facie evidence showing that much of petitioner’s wealth is ill-gotten,” the comment from the prosecution read.

Prosecutors cited among other evidence the ledgers of whistle-blower Benhur Luy and the investigations done by the Anti Money Laundering Council.

The prosecution also responded to the statement of Revilla’s camp that the attached properties and monies were not proven to be under his name.

The prosecution said that the attachment list was based on public records such as Revilla’s statement of assets, liabilities and net worth.

The prosecution concluded that “nothing in the instant petition which points to any error or even grave abuse on the part of the honorable Sandiganbayan which should warrant a reversal or modification of the assailed resolution promulgated February 5, 2015.”(MNS)

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