• Revilla, Napoles appeal bail rejection


    Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. and businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles are asking the Sandiganbayan to reverse its ruling denying them bail.

    Revilla and Napoles are respondents facing a P224-million plunder charge before the anti-graft court’s First Division in connection with the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel scam.

    In a 71-page resolution early this month, the court denied bail to Revilla and his aide Richard Cambe and Napoles.

    The court ruled, “In fine, the prosecution has duly established that there exists strong evidence that accused Revilla, Cambe and Napoles, in conspiracy with one another, committed the capital offense of plunder defined and penalized under RA (Republic Act) 7080, and thus are not entitled to the constitutional right to bail.”

    But Napoles argued in a 28-page appeal that “evidence of her guilt is not strong.”

    Meanwhile, in his almost 40-page appeal, Revilla asked that the court let him present additional evidence to beef up his application for bail.

    The senator wants handwriting experts to examine originals of PDAF documents from the Commission on Audit and for lawyer Desiderio Pagui, retired Chief Document Examiner of the National Bureau of Investigation, to additionally testify.


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