Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. and his immediate family made “numerous” bank deposits and placed investments totaling about P87 million during the period that pork scam witness Benhur Luy claimed the senator got his “pork” kickbacks, an officer of the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) said on Thursday.
“Between April 6, 2006 and April 28, 2010, Revilla and his immediate family made numerous deposits to their various bank accounts and placed investments totaling P87,626,587.63 within 30 days from the dates mentioned in Benhur Luy’s ledger when Revilla, through [Richard] Cambe, allegedly received commissions or rebates to his PDAF in cash,” AMLC Bank Officer II Leigh Vhon Santos told the Sandiganbayan’s First Division.
PDAF stands for Priority Development Assistance Fund.
Santos testified in Revilla’s bail hearing regarding the AMLC’s Inquiry Report on the bank transactions allegedly related to the senator’s alleged involvement in the pork barrel scam.
Cambe, a lawyer, was Revilla’s former aide.
The AMLC also found that “disparities between the cash and investment balances of Revilla as declared in his SALN [Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth] and as culled from his financial records show some indication of unexplained wealth.”
Santos said in 2004, Revilla did not declare any cash in his SALN yet bank records showed that his available cash balance was P1.6 million.
Revilla’s lawyer objected before the witness can continue, saying his statements pertained to a year immaterial to the case.
The AMLC’s summary of findings also showed that Revilla did not declare any cash on hand or deposit in banks in his 2006 SALN while records showed an inflow of P1.7 million.
The findings were based on available financial documents, which AMLC gathered from banks after the Court of Appeals granted them permission to review the bank accounts of Revilla and senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada. The three lawmakers were charged with plunder and graft in connection with the alleged misuse of their pork barrel.
“In 2007, he [Revilla] declared a total of P3.3 million cash and deposits but [we noticed]that the inflows to his account for that particular year amounted to almost P18 million,” the council said.
In 2008, it added, Revilla declared only P6.4 million cash and deposits in his SALN but inflows to his account amounted to P16.1 million, In 2009, he declared almost the same amount while total inflows amounted to P24.1 million.
Revilla terminated his investments and bank accounts immediately before and after the PDAF scandal circulated in the media, the AMLC found.
Santos said they examined bank records from May 30 to September 2013 and found that Revilla “closed quite a number of his bank accounts and investments.”
When asked by the prosecution how many were closed, he said they identified about 20 bank accounts and investments.