Bong Revilla Jr.
Yes, former Sen. Bong Revilla’s pork barrel funds had been pocketed—but not by him, the Sandiganbayan ruled, saying his aide, Richard Cambe, might have taken the money under his nose. Revilla was acquitted of plunder after four and a half years of detention. In a split vote of 3-2, the court’s First Division ruled that the signatures in the letters authorizing the release of Revilla’s funds to bogus foundations controlled by Janet Lim-Napoles were forged. This dealt “a great blow to the prosecution,” because there was no more direct evidence of his involvement. Never mind the Anti-Money Laundering Council’s findings that the date of the Revilla family’s deposits matched the dates listed on the ledgers of Napoles’ finance officer Benhur Luy. The court said it was possible that the former actor was not aware of the arrangement between Napoles and Cambe.