By Czarina Nicole Ong
Former Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. is urging the Supreme Court to grant him provisional liberty in relation to his plunder charge and to resolve his petition against the Sandiganbayan First Division.
Revilla filed a petition before the SC and argued that the anti-graft court has been playing “fast and loose” with the evidence in his case.
He earlier filed a motion for leave to file the demurrer to evidence before the Sandiganbayan, contesting that the evidence of the prosecution has not proven the guilt of the accused beyond reasonable doubt.
Had the court sided with Revilla’s motion, he would have been spared from presenting any evidence. Instead, the court will enter a judgment of acquittal so the case will finally end.
However, the Sandiganbayan said no to Revilla’s motion and stated that his arguments are “bereft of merit.” He tried to get the Sandiganbayan on his side with a motion for reconsideration, but the court said no again.
In response, the actor-turned-politician then sought the intervention of the SC and demanded that his right to due process of law, his right to be presumed innocent until proven otherwise, and the right to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation against him be upheld.
Revilla said in his urgent motion that he hopes “to alleviate the gross unfairness of the situation,” and to be granted provisional liberty, considering the fact that he has been under detention for four years as of June 20, 2018.
Revilla is facing one plunder charge and 16 counts of graft because of the misuse of his priority development assistance fund (PDAF), which he reportedly endorsed to the bogus non-government organizations (NGOs) owned by Janet Lim Napoles in exchange for kickbacks.
Just recently, he experienced a breakthrough in his case when pork barrel scam whistleblower Marlina Sula testified that she was coaxed by the prosecution to support the testimony of fellow whistleblower, Benhur Luy.
Sula also denied meeting Revilla while she was still working for Napoles, but she admitted to handling several documents involving the fake non-government organization Masaganang Ani Para sa Magsasaka Foundation, Inc.
Tags: Janet Lim Napoles, motion for reconsideration, non-government organizations, provisional liberty, Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr., Sandiganbayan, Sandiganbayan First Division, Senator Bong Revilla, Supreme Court