The Sandiganbayan stood pat on its decision denying Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla’s petition to post bail on the P224-million plunder complaint filed against him in connection with the misuse of his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel.
In its ruling, the anti-graft court’s First Division also denied the bail petitions of Revilla’s aide Richard Cambe and businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles. It noted that there is no reason to reverse its earlier decision rejecting the petitions of the accused.
“The Court maintains that a consideration of the evidence as a whole presents evident proof against the accused-movants to justify a denial of the temporary liberty sought,” Associate Justice Efren Dela Cruz wrote.
Associate Justices Rafael Lagos and Rodolfo Ponferrada concurred.
The court rejected the contention of the defendants that its findings were based on mere speculations or conjectures, and said that its resolution will show that it drew conclusions based on some facts and evidence on record.
It said that it was persuaded that the senator’s endorsements of the non-government organizations (NGOs) must have prompted the implementing agencies (IAs) to choose these NGOs based on Revilla’s “repeated endorsements of Napoles’ NGOs.”
Revilla and Cambe are detained in the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center in Camp Crame while Napoles is in a Bureau of Jail.Management and Penology (BJMP) facility in Camp Bagong Diwa.