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Ex-senator Revilla cleared of plunder

THE Sandiganbayan special first division on Friday acquitted former senator Ramon B. Revilla, Jr. of plunder charges in connection with the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam......»»

Category: financeSource: bworldonline bworldonlineDec 7th, 2018

Questions being asked about Bong Revilla’s acquittal

The Sandiganbayan’s decision to acquit former senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. from plunder charges arising from the pork barrel scam was questioned by a number of legal experts. The first division of the anti-graft court voting 3-2 cleared the action star-turned-lawmaker from charges stemming from accusations that he received P224.5 million in kickbacks for allocating his […] The post Questions being asked about Bong Revilla’s acquittal appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsDec 7th, 2018

Napoles wants transfer to women’s jail deferred pending appeal

Convicted pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles has asked the Sandiganbayan not to order her immediate transfer to the Correctional Institution for Women, arguing that she should be allowed to appeal her plunder case first. In a three-page motion for reconsideration, Napoles said the Dec. 7 verdict --- which led to the acquittal of Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr., the former senator whose pork barrel funds she was found guilty of pocketing --- was "not yet final." Hours after she was sentenced, the court issued a separate order for the issuance of a commitment order for Napoles to begin serving her maximum sentence of 40 years in the Mandaluyong City penitentiary. Napoles' lawy...Keep on reading: Napoles wants transfer to women’s jail deferred pending appeal.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 10th, 2018

No persecution in ‘pork barrel’ scam cases during Aquino admin – De Lima

MANILA, Philippines --- "I don't know what their definition of political persecution is."   Detained Senator Leila de Lima had this to say as "sympathetic lawmakers," including those with pending plunder cases in relation with the "pork barrel" scam, celebrate the acquittal of former Senator Bong Revilla and "cry political persecution from the previous administration."   In a dispatch from Camp Crame in Quezon City, De Lima, who was Justice Secretary at the time of Revilla's arrest and detention for his plunder and graft cases, noted Monday the Aquino administration "never resorted to public vilification or character assassination of any of those under investigation...Keep on reading: No persecution in ‘pork barrel’ scam cases during Aquino admin – De Lima.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 10th, 2018

Revilla looks forward to new chapter of his life after plunder acquittal

MANILA, Philippines – Former senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr is looking forward to a "new chapter" of his life following the Sandiganbayan's decision to acquit him of plunder "Mga kababayan ko, basta't tandaan ninyo, ito'y simula pa lamang, ito'y bagong chapter ng ating buhay (My countrymen, remember, this is just the beginning, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 9th, 2018

Revilla concealed unexplained wealth, liable for graft – dissenting justice

MANILA, Philippines – Where did the money come from? This is the lingering question of Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Ma Theresa Dolores Gomez Estoesta, one of two justices of the anti-graft court who wanted to convict former senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr of plunder. He was acquitted. ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 9th, 2018

Justice for the taxpayers on the PDAF scam

Friday’s acquittal of ex-senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. from plunder charges in connection with the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel scam again highlights the need to review our laws on corruption to rebuild confidence in the country’s legal system. The ruling seems to have ignored some vital evidence pointing to the guilt… link: Justice for the taxpayers on the PDAF scam.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsDec 9th, 2018

De Lima: Revilla s acquittal sends wrong signal

MANILA, Philippines – Detained opposition Senator Leila de Lima on Saturday, December 8, expressed disbelief over the recent decision of the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan to acquit former senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr of plunder charges related to the multi-billion-peso pork barrel scam . De Lima said in a statement sent from her detention cell on Saturday that the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 8th, 2018

The dissent: Forgery given too much weight

Sandiganbayan First Division chairman Associate Justice Efren de la Cruz and sitting member Associate Justice Ma. Theresa Dolores Gomez-Estoesta have criticized the majority decision acquitting former senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. of plunder. Source link link: The dissent: Forgery given too much weight.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsDec 8th, 2018

Jinggoy says he and Revilla were ‘victims of selective justice’

      MANILA, Philippines---"We are really victims of selective justice." Former Senator Jinggoy Estrada on Saturday said this when asked if he and Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. could return in the Senate in 2019. In 2014, Estrada and Revilla were among those indicted by the Office of the Ombudsman for plunder and multiple counts of graft in relation to the multi-billion pork barrel scam. READ: WHAT WENT BEFORE: Napoles and the pork barrel scam It was only last Friday when the Sandiganbayan's Special First Division acquitted Revilla in the plunder case. However, Estrada still awaits the decision of the anti-graft court for his pending plunder case. W...Keep on reading: Jinggoy says he and Revilla were ‘victims of selective justice’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 8th, 2018

Revilla acquittal can no longer be appealed | Inquirer News

The acquittal of former Senator Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr. of plunder for the pork barrel scam can no longer be appealed. "It is an elementary doctrine in law that you cannot appeal a judg.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsDec 8th, 2018

Sandiganbayan acquits Bong Revilla of plunder

His signatures on questionable documents may have been faked by a trusted aide and could not, by itself, be used as evidence of multimillion-peso fund misuse, the Sandiganbayan said yesterday, as it acquitted former senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. of plunder and ordered him released from police custody......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 7th, 2018

The dissent: Forgery given too much weight

Sandiganbayan First Division chairman Associate Justice Efren de la Cruz and sitting member Associate Justice Ma. Theresa Dolores Gomez-Estoesta have criticized the majority decision acquitting former senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. of plunder......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 7th, 2018

Acquittal looms for Bong Revilla | The Manila Times Online

EXCLUSIVEA SPECIAL division of the Sandiganbayan anti-graft court looks likely to acquit former senator Ramon Bong Revilla Jr. of plunder, sources told The Manila Times. The senators fate depends onRE.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsDec 7th, 2018

Bong Revilla released: May hustisya pa sa ating bansa

MANILA, Philippines – After 4 years and 5 months of detention for plunder charges, former senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr  walked free early Friday evening, December 7, from the Camp Crame Detention Center.  The court sheriff arrived at the police camp at around 5:30 pm to serve release order. At exactly 6:13 pm, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 7th, 2018

Economist laments Revilla acquittal: ‘I cried for you, Philippines’

MANILA, Philippines --- "I cried for you, Philippines."   This was how National Scientist and University of the Philippines School of Economics Professor Emeritus Raul Fabella decried the acquittal of former Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. from plunder on Friday.   READ:Bong Revilla acquitted of plunder   Fabella even warned: "(W)here plunder is a virtue, the market has no chance to deliver development."   "Nobody's going tojailin the Napoles scam but the witnesses. So the guys who came out and toldthe worldof this, they will be the ones who will be penalized," he said at the "Pilipinas Conference 2018" organized by the Stratbase Albert del Ro...Keep on reading: Economist laments Revilla acquittal: ‘I cried for you, Philippines’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 7th, 2018

Judge who acquitted Revilla clarifies: I would love to convict him but…

            MANILA, Philippines --- The Sandiganbayan justice who wrote the decision to acquit Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. has clarified that she initially wanted to convict him of plunder - but was restrained by lack of proof.   "Yes, I know it's unpopular. I would have loved to be a heroine, that I convicted him," Sandiganbayan First Division Associate Judge Geraldine Faith Econg told reporters a few hours after Revilla was acquitted on Friday.   "But at the end of the day, I'm bound to rule based on evidence presented by both the prosecution and the defense," she added.   Econg was the ponente --...Keep on reading: Judge who acquitted Revilla clarifies: I would love to convict him but….....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 7th, 2018

Sandiganbayan orders release of Revilla from detention

MANILA, Philippines --- The Sandiganbayan First Division ordered the release of former Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. from detention, as it approved his posting of bail hours after his acquittal from plunder charges. With this, the warrant of arrest it issued against Revilla last June 19, 2014 was "recalled and further declared no force and effect". However, a copy of the decision should first reach the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), before Revilla is allowed to leave the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City where he has been detained since 2014. Revilla earlier posted a bail of P480,000, or P30,000 for each of the 16 cas...Keep on reading: Sandiganbayan orders release of Revilla from detention.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 7th, 2018

Why the gov’t’s plunder case vs Revilla was lost

    The Sandiganbayan could not find any trace that former senator Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr. has a hand in the scheme to receive over P200 million kickbacks from the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) projects.   "The Court fails to see the hand of Revilla guiding [Atty. Richard] Cambe, [Janet Lim] Napoles and the JLN staff in the scheme to receive kickbacks or commissions from the PDAF projects," the Sandiganbayan said in its 186-page decision.   The Court said while there was a request for the release of Revilla's PDAF and endorsementof the non-government organization to the implementing agency, Revilla's signature in the endorsement le...Keep on reading: Why the gov’t’s plunder case vs Revilla was lost.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 7th, 2018

Bong Revilla acquitted of plunder

Sandigabayan acquits ex-Sen. Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. of plunder in connection with the PDAF scam. @TheManilaTimes — Reina Tolentino (@tmtreina) December 7, 2018 The Sandiganbayan on Friday acquitted former senator…READ The post Bong Revilla acquitted of plunder appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsDec 7th, 2018

The P10 billion ‘pork barrel’ case: A timeline

Today, December 7, 2018, the Sandiganbayan will render its verdict on the first pork barrel scam case filed against a Senator.   Will former Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. be convicted or acquitted on charges of plunder and graft? His fate lies in the hands of the Sandiganbayan First Division who has included two more justices to decide on the verdict.   This was how this case came about:   September 16, 2013   The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) filed plunder complaints before the Office of the Ombudsman against then Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr., and Jinggoy Estrada.   April 1, 2014   ...Keep on reading: The P10 billion ‘pork barrel’ case: A timeline.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 6th, 2018