Court acquits Bong Revilla; asks him to return P124.5 Million funds

  • Bong Revilla was ordered to return Php124.5 Million to the national treasury.
  • He was acquitted after being charged and arrested for plunder in 2014.

Sandiganbayan has acquitted former senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. of plunder.

The court, however, convicted his right-hand-man Richard Cambe and his alleged co-conspirator Janet Lim Napoles. It was said that the prosecution failed to prove that Revilla is guilty of working with Cambe and Napoles to pocket more than $4 million worth of his pork barrel funds.

But the former Senator won’t be excluded from the case right away as he was ordered to return the amount $2.3 million, or P124.5 million, to the national treasury.

Revilla also has graft charges but with the resolution of his case, he was allowed to post bail and be released from detention. This is part of a larger pork barrel scam involving other former senators and congressmen, who were said to have taken a total of $189 million.

The actor-turned-politician, along with former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and senator Jinggoy Estrada, were charged and arrested for plunder four years ago.

They are said to be running for the Senate in 2019’s midterm elections.

Written by J M

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