Sandi­gan­bayan clears Bong Revilla of plun­der

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Nation -

VOT­ING 3-2, the Sandi­gan­bayan ac­quit­ted for­mer sen­a­tor Ra­mon “Bong” Revilla of plun­der charges in re­la­tion to his sup­posed in­volve­ment in the multi-bil­lion Pri­or­ity De­vel­op­ment As­sis­tance Fund (PDAF) scam.

The three Sandi­gan­bayan jus­tices who voted yes to the ac­quit­tal of Revilla dur­ing the pro­mul­ga­tion of his case Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 7, are As­so­ciate Jus­tices Geral­dine Econg, Edgardo Cal­dona, and Ge­orgina Hi­dalgo.

The two who dis­agreed to the ma­jor­ity are As­so­ciate Jus­tices Efren dela Cruz and Maria Teresa Gomez-Es­toesa.

The Sandi­gan­bayan, mean­while, found Revilla’s co-ac­cused Richard Cambe, his for­mer chief of staff and pork bar­rel scam mas­ter­mind Janet Lim-Napoles guilty of the same charges.

The two were sen­tenced to suf­fer reclu­sion per­petua or a max­i­mum of 40 years im­pris­on­ment and were barred from hold­ing pub­lic of­fice.

Revilla was ac­cused of pock­et­ing P224 mil­lion in kick­backs from bo­gus projects with the aid of Napoles.

He has been de­tained at the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice Cus­to­dial Cen­ter in Camp Crame since June 2014.

Revilla is still fac­ing graft charges, also in re­la­tion to the pork bar­rel scam. (SunS­tar Philip­pines)

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