Revilla leaves Cavite residence for Sandiganbayan

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Sen. Ramon Revilla Jr. on Friday left his mansion in Bacoor, Cavite to voluntarily surrender to the Sandiganbayan after the anti-graft court signed his arrest warrant for his plunder charges over the pork barrel scam.

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The convoy of Revilla left the family residence in Bacoor at exactly 8:40 a.m., leaving his emotional supporters who trooped and stayed in the area since Thursday when reports came out that the Sandiganbayan will issue the arrest warrant.

”My heartfelt thanks to all of you. I will not be gone forever. I shall arise. They cannot put to jail my love for you,” Revilla said in his brief message to his supporters before getting on board his vehicle that brought him and his family, including congresswoman Lani Mercado, to Sandigan.

Last Thursday, the Sandiganbayan’s first division found probable to issue a warrant of arrest against Revilla.

However, the anti-graft court division deferred the issuance of arrest warrant, pending the signature of first division chair Associate Justice Efren Dela Cruz.

Revilla allegedly received P242 million commission from 2006 to 2010 from the alleged illegal disbursement of his Priority Development Assistance Funds (PDAF) to bogus non-government organizations (NGOs) of Janet Lim Napoles.

Revilla’s co-accused senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Jinggoy Estrada are also waiting for expected issuance of arrest warrant from Sandiganbayan’s third and fifth divisions, respectively.

Enrile reportedly received P172 million kickbacks while Estrada got P183 million commission. PNA

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