Sandiganbayan: Bong will remain in detention

Senator Bong Revilla (center) consoles his son, Cavite Vice Governor Jolo Revilla, at the Asian Hospital on Tuesday. The elder Revilla was allowed by the court to visit his son who sustained a gunshot wound on Saturday. Also in the picture is Sen. Revilla's wife, Cavite Rep. Lani Mercado (right).(MNS photo)

Senator Bong Revilla (center) consoles his son, Cavite Vice Governor Jolo Revilla, at the Asian Hospital on Tuesday. The elder Revilla was allowed by the court to visit his son who sustained a gunshot wound on Saturday. Also in the picture is Sen. Revilla’s wife, Cavite Rep. Lani Mercado (right).(MNS photo)

MANILA, Apr 9 (Mabuhay) – Detained Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla will remain in detention.

The Sandiganbayan First Division has denied, with finality, Revilla’s plea to post bail in connection with the plunder case the Office of the Ombudsman filed against him stemming from his alleged involvement in the multi-billion peso “pork” barrel scam. The case is now on trial before the anti-graft court.

In a 21-page resolution, penned by Associate Justice Efren dela Cruz and concurred by Associate Justices Rodolfo Ponferrada and Rafael Lagos, released last week, the Sandiganbayan junked Revilla’s motion for reconsideration (MR) of its earlier ruling denying his bail petition.

The resolution affirmed the Sandiganbayan’s December 1, 2014 ruling that the evidence of guilt against Revilla is “strong.”

“[T]he prosecution has established that there exists strong evidence that accused Revilla, [Richared] Cambe, [Janet] Napoles, in conspiracy with one another, committed the capital offense of plunder defined and penalized under [Republic Act 7080], and thus are not entitled to the constitutional right to bail,” the 2014 ruling read.

Cambe is a former aide of Revilla, while Napoles has been tagged as the architect of the scam. Cambe is detained in the police national headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City, while Napoles is detained at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City, also a police camp.

The case against Revilla accuses him of amassing P224.5 million in kickbacks from ghost projects under his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) allocation. (MNS)

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