MANILA- Sufficient grounds for probable cause in the plunder case against Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. and 32 others were found by the Sandiganbayan over their alleged participation in the pork barrel scam, Thursday.
The Sandiganbayan First Division, chaired by Associate Justice Efren De La Cruz, issued a six-page resolution dismissing the motions for judicial determination filed by Revilla, his former aide Richard Cambe and 31 other co-accused in the “pork barrel” scam as reported by Philippine Star.
“The evidence in support thereof and the records of the preliminary investigation attached thereto, it appears that sufficient grounds exist for the finding of probable cause for the purpose of issuing a warrant of arrest against the accused charged in the instant cases,” the resolution stated.
“I wish that this was just a dream and I would wake up from it already,” Revilla said via ABS-CBN.
He also said that he preferred to face arrest as soon as possible and get over with it.
“I would rather be jailed now than be free with all these apprehensions about my being arrested tomorrow or next week. This is becoming such a burden on my family,” Revilla said.
He further stated that he is ready to defend himself in court and prove his innocence; the process of which he said should start soon for the trial by publicity against him would end.
A total of 17 cases, including one for plunder, were filed against Revilla before the Sandiganbayan. He was accused of pocketing P242 million in kickbacks from the alleged misuse of his Priority Development Assistance Fund, which was done through the non-government organizations of businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles.
Revilla reiterated his suspicions that the charges against him are part of political persecution by the administration. He shared that he does not understand why he and his co-accused senators were being picked on by the administration while their allies who were also implicated in the scam were spared.
He advised the allies of the administration who continue to persecute him to take a look at themselves and ask if they have done nothing wrong.
“I hope that you are clean because in the future, it will all come out,” he said.
Revilla said he is confident that everything raised against him will be clarified and he will be acquitted from all charges.
-JEFFREY D. CONSULTADO
LNU, ABCOM INTERN