Innocent ’til proven guilty: Bong Revilla insists Ombudsman has no pork case against him
Detained former Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. believes the prosecution failed to prove his guilt during his plunder trial in connection with alleged involvement in the pork barrel scam.
“No evidence beyond reasonable doubt has been offered and admitted by the Court proving any element of the offense but for one, and that Revilla is a public officer, and that fact is admitted,” read his memorandum submitted before the Sandiganbayan 1st Division.
Revilla submitted the memorandum after the anti-graft court concluded the plunder trial of the former senator.
In his memorandum, Revilla pointed out that witnesses in the scam have never showed that he was the one who signed the documents concerning the questioned funds from his Priority Development Assistance Funds (PDAF).
“Not any of the prosecution’s witnesses testified that they have seen accused Revilla write, or has acted or been charged with any writing purporting to be the writing of accused Revilla,” he pointed out.
Apart from plunder, 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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