The Sandiganbayan’s First Division on Monday ordered the suspension of Sen.
Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. for 90 days in connection with the plunder and graft charges filed against him for his alleged involvement in the pork barrel scam.
The anti-graft court also suspended Revilla’s former aide Richard Cambe, who holds a Director III position in the senator’s office.
In suspending Revilla, the court agreed with the prosecution that the charges filed against the senator were valid since he had been arraigned and there is no pending motion challenging the charges.
Revilla and Cambe have pending petitions at the Supreme Court, but the Court has not issued a temporary restraining order, the Sandiganbayan said.
“Considering the mandatory tenor of Section 5 of RA 7080 heretofore quoted, which matter was not disputed, and the validity of the information, the court is of the view that the imposition thereof shall take precedence over the other concerns brought forth by the accused,” it added.
Republic Act (RA) 7080 defines and punishes plunder.
The order, signed by First Division Chairman Efren dela Cruz and Associate Justices Rodolfo Ponferrada and Rafael Lagos, directed Senate President Franklin Drilon to implement the order.
Revilla is accused of amassing millions of pesos in kickbacks from bogus projects funded by his Priority Development Assistance Fund or pork barrel.
He and senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada were charged with plunder and graft at the Sandiganbayan.
Revilla and Estrada are detained in the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City, while Enrile is confined at the PNP General Hospital, also in Crame.