REVILLA ACQUITTED, POSTS P480K BAIL
MANILA – Former Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla posted bail worth P480,000 for 16 other graft cases pending in Sandiganbayan to be allowed on provisional liberty.
According to Revilla's lawyer Ramon Esguerra, his client would return to the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City to await the decision on his bail.
Revilla was acquitted Friday of plunder by the anti-graft court. "For failure of the prosecution to establish beyond reasonable doubt that accused Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. received, directly or indirectly the rebates, commission, and kickbacks from his PDAF, the Court cannot hold him liable for the crime of plunder," the court ruled.
The former Senator allegedly pocketed money from his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) worth over P224.5 million. His co-accused in the case, Janet Lim Napoles and Revilla's staff Richard Cambe, were found guilty.
Napoles and Cambe were sentenced to reclusion perpetua or up to 40 years of imprisonment.
Revilla's wife, Bacoor, Cavite Mayor Lani Mercado on Sunday said her wish this Christmas is for her husband to come home.
"Matagal na naming inaasam-asam na makapiling siya. Di biro ang mawala ang ama ng tahanan, di biro ang mawala sa iyong piling ang asawa (We have been longing for him to be with us. For a family not to have a father and husband is not a joke)," Mercado said.
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