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Time out from trial! Bong Revilla asks Sandiganbayan to wait for SC TRO

Mar 7, 2018 @ 2:16

By: James Hernandez

Former Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla has asked the Sandiganbayan 1st Division for more time for the Supreme Court (SC) to resolve his petition to issue a temporary restraining order (TRO).

Because of this, Revilla appealed to the anti-graft court to again cancel his scheduled trial dates this March 6, 8, 13 and 15 for his plunder case.

“As an accused of plunder, in peril of losing his liberty reclusion perpetua, Revilla may not be prejudiced or deprived of the right to avail of judicial remedies to rectify what he feels are violations of his constitutional rights, including a recourse to the Supreme Court,” read his motion.

“Considering that the petition, at its core, involves the fairness of requiring accused Revilla to present his evidence by way of defense, and that he has been under detention, now for 1,356 days as of March 1, 2018, this motion may not be understood as in any way intended to delay the instant proceedings,” Revilla assured.

It’s supposed to be Revilla’s turn to present evidence after the prosecution finished presenting its evidence in the trial.

The 1st Division already denied Revilla’s motion for leave to file a demurrer to evidence which sought to dismiss the case due to the failure of the prosecution’s failure to prove his guilt.

Because of the 1st Division’s ruling, Revilla filed a petition before the SC asking that he be freed from detention and not to compel him to present evidence before the Sandiganbayan.

Revilla has been charged with 16 counts of graft and one count of plunder in connection to the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam.

Under the charges, Revilla is accused of having amassed P242 million in kickbacks from his co-accused, pork barrel scam brains Janet Lim Napoles, in exchange for choosing her non-government organizations to implement ghost projects funded by his PDAF.

The former senator is currently detained at the Custodial Center of the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City.

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