Plunder raps vs senators turn one

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Plunder cases filed against Senators Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada and Juan Ponce Enrile were filed exactly a year ago on June 6.

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Revilla’s case went to the Sandiganbayan’s First Division Estrada’s to the Fifth Division and Enrile’s to the Third Division.

A week later, the court’s First Division issued a warrant for the arrest of Revilla and his co-accused while the Fifth Division found probable cause against Estrada and his co-accused and ordered their arrest on June 23.

It took the court’s Third Division three weeks to resolve the issue of probable cause against Enrile and his co-accused and issued arrest warrants against them on July 4.

Revilla allegedly received kickbacks totaling P224 million; Estrada, P183 million; and Enrile, P172 million by pouring their pork barrel funds to non-government organizations (NGOs) allegedly run by businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles.

Napoles is among the defendants in the cases filed against the three senators and five lawmakers in connection with the P10-billion pork barrel scam.

Bail hearings began after findings of probable cause.

The anti-graft court’s Third Division is hearing the bail petition of Napoles.

Enrile’s camp elevated his bail bid tothe Supreme Court after the Sandiganbayan’s denial of his plea to fix an amount for his bail for being premature.

On Friday’s bail hearing, Associate Justice Samuel Martires mentioned that the proceedings will be celebrating one year, and asked the prosecution how many more witnesses they intend to present.

“One,” the prosecution team replied but it said it was unsure whether they would pursue the presentation of the last witness after Benhur Luy’s testimony.

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3 Comments

  1. Arnold perez on

    Oo nga isamang ikulong ang buong
    angkan ni Binay. Kawawa naman ang
    Pilipinas pag naging presidente yan
    Si Binay lahat ng mga kriminal makakalaya

  2. Flashback ! Just to think a while back….Enrile wanted to stir the people…by giving away millions to senators for no apparent reason..jus out of whim…I can’t fathom and find the right description for this old man…wether he was insecure or desperate for atention…or sad getting old and miss those younger days when In power under Marcos as the berdugo…but of course under Pnoy he was unpopular…he had only a moment glory when he judged Renato Corona…but now he is old and over the hill and guilty.