For­mer se­na­tor Ra­mon ‘Bong’ Revilla Jr. and his wife Lani are mobbed by sup­port­ers upon their ar­rival at their home in Ba­coor, Cavite Fri­day night.

The AMLC re­port was “not con­clu­sive,” ac­cord­ing to the Sandi­gan­bayan Spe­cial First Di­vi­sion’s 186-page de­ci­sion pro­mul­gated on De­cem­ber 7.

“From the re­port, we could not de­duce with cer­tainty that the monies de­posited to the ac­counts ex­am­ined by the AMLC from 2006 to 2010 solely comes from ac­cused Revilla alone. The Court could not even draw a con­clu­sion that the money de­posited in the ac­counts ex­am­ined came from Napoles through Cambe. Look­ing at the dif­fer­ent bank and other fi­nan­cial trans­ac­tions, the Court is uncer­tain if the de­posits made by ac­cused Revilla and his wife were fresh funds brought into the ac­count or with­drawn from an­other ac­count,” the court said.

“More­over, the ac­counts in­ves­ti­gated by the AMLC in­clude the ac­counts of Revilla’s wife, Lani Mer­cado ( Je­susa Vic­to­ria Her­nan­dez) and Na­ture Con­cepts Devel­op­ment Realty Corp., a sep­a­rate ju­ridi­cal en­tity. But in the pre­sen­ta­tion of ev­i­dence, the pros­e­cu­tion left so many gaps in the data that it should have plugged in or­der for us to reach a cer­tain de­gree of cer­tainty that the monies de­posited in the ac­count did not come from any other source but from Napoles through Cambe, ex­clud­ing all other pos­si­bil­i­ties of the sources of the de­posits,” it added.

But Revilla “never even at­tempted to de­bunk” AMLC’s find­ings, ac­cord­ing to Es­toesta.

“He sim­ply wal­lowed in his own de­fense of de­nial and forgery. Why

their “crip­pled ranks.”

“They can­not ap­peal to peo­ple’s emo­tions and fes­tive mood with their guns tucked be­hind their backs,” Du­rana said of the rebels.

The NPA an­nounced their cease-

should the ma­jor­ity opin­ion now take the cud­gels for him?” she said.

“As a whole, the un­ex­plained wealth of [for­mer se­na­tor] Revilla is one glar­ing fact, left un­re­futed, to gloss over. If this should not be con­sid­ered as the end-all to the PDAF con­spir­acy, where should this lead to in­stead?” Es­toesta, who leads the court’s Sev­enth Di­vi­sion, added in part.

The court found in its de­ci­sion that the sup­posed sig­na­tures on the en­dorse­ment let­ters ad­dressed to the im­ple­ment­ing agencies ap­peared “to be point­edly dif­fer­ent from” his stan­dard sig­na­tures.

“While I should give def­er­ence to the in­de­pen­dent find­ing made on forgery in the ma­jor­ity opin­ion, what it over­looked is its foun­da­tional premise on whether the ex­em­plars de­liv­ered as ‘ques­tioned’ and ‘stan­dards’ were suf­fi­ciently es­tab­lished to be ideal ex­em­plars for hand­writ­ing ex­am­i­na­tion. Ap­par­ently, none was made, and this is a fa­tal flaw from which the ma­jor­ity opin­ion, or worse, the hand­writ­ing ex­pert, should even base their con­clu­sions,” Es­toesta said.

Ac­cord­ing to her dis­sent­ing opin­ion, de la Cruz’s orig­i­nal po­nen­cia was dis­sented by Econg and Cal­dona, who are the Sandi­gan­bayan First Di­vi­sion’s two other reg­u­lar members, which led to the cre­ation of the Spe­cial Di­vi­sion of Five.

Econg said on Wed­nes­day, “I would have loved to be a hero­ine, that I con­victed him, but at the end of the day we are bound by ev­i­dence.” The Armed Forces of the Philip­pines said it would not de­clare a hol­i­day truce with the rebels. The CPP-NPA-NDF an­nounced

- sul­tant Rey Casam­bre and his wife Pa­tri­cia were ar­rested in Ba­coor, Cavite, on Fri­day mid­night. coun­try, where many Filipinos cel­e­brate the Feast of Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion of Mary.

The Catholic Church con­sid­ers the feast a “day of obli­ga­tion,” and asks the faith­ful to at­tend Mass.

Be­sides De­cem­ber 8, the Church also con­sid­ers the fol­low­ing as days of obliga-

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