Bong Revilla Jr.

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - NEWS FEATURES -

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.

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