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.
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.