STATE prosecutors asked the Sandiganbayan to order the seizure of assets and properties listed under the “aliases” of Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. and his wife Lani Mercado.
On February 6, the anti-graft court’s First Division ordered the seizure of Revilla’s assets pending resolution of the P224-million plunder case filed against him.
“The prosecution respectfully manifests that as contained in the preliminary listing of the monies and properties of accused Revilla and his spouse Lani Mercado…the account names include not just Bank Deposits and Investments under the name of Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. and Lani Mercado but also under their other known names,” the prosecution said.
Government lawyers claimed that Revilla has seven other names – “Revilla Jr. Ramon,” “Bong,” “Jose Marie M. Bautista,” “Jose Marie Mortel Bautista,” “Ramon Bong Jr. Bautista,” “Ramon Bong Bautista” and “Bautista Jose Marie.”
His wife, a member of the House of Representatives, has four names —Mercado Lani Hernandez,” “Bautista Jesusa Victoria,” “Jesusa Victoria H. Bautista” and “Lani Mercado Revilla.”
Citing the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) bank inquiry report, prosecutors said in 2009, the senator legally changed his name from Ramon B. Revilla Jr. to Ramon B. Bong Revilla Jr. while his wife also changed hers from Jesusa Victoria Garcia Hernandez to Lani Hernandez Mercado.
“The properties described in the Ex-Parte Motion belong to accused Revilla and his spouse and are also listed under their other names. Thus, for purposes of clarity, it is respectfully prayed that properties under accused Revilla and his spouse’s other known names be likewise deemed covered in the subject Writ of Preliminary Attachment,” the prosecutors said.