Revilla trial re­set, for the 5th time, to June

Business World - - THE NATION - Ray­nan F. Javil

THE TRIAL of former Se­na­tor Ra­mon “Bong” B. Revilla, Jr. for his plun­der case stem­ming from the al­leged mis­use of his Pri­or­ity Devel­op­ment As­sis­tance Fund (PDAF) has been re­set, for the fifth time, to June. Dur­ing yes­ter­day’s hear­ing at the Sandi­gan­bayan First Divi­sion, State lawyer Rean M. Bal­isi said the pros­e­cu­tion has yet to fin­ish the pre-mark­ing of Spe­cial Al­lot­ment Re­lease Or­der (SARO) and re­quested for an ad­di­tional four days to com­plete the task. The court can­celed the trial yes­ter­day and set the pre-mark­ing and com­par­ing of marked ex­hibits on April 21, 27, 28, May 8. It also set the pre­lim­i­nary con­fer­ence for the de­fense panel on May 12. The anti-graft court also set the sign­ing of the pre-trial brief on May 25 and sched­uled the trial proper on June 1. Mr. Revilla’s trial was orig­i­nally sched­uled to com­mence in Jan­uary this year. Dur­ing the hear­ing, As­so­ciate Jus­tice Geral­dine Faith A. Econg cited the Speedy Trial Act, which states that a pre-trial should not take more than 180 days, adding that this should be the last de­fer­ment of Mr. Revilla’s trial. —

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