“The fight is not yet over,” detained Senator Bong Revilla said after the Sandiganbayan First Division denied his bail petition. Together with Revilla who were denied bail are his aide Richard Cambe and businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles. They will definitely spend the Christmas season in jail.
Revilla with Cambe and Napoles are facing plunder and graft charges for allegedly participating in the multi-billion pork barrel scam. “Of course we’re very disappointed. It was not the outcome we were expecting especially when we consider the facts and the evidence,” Revilla said in a written statement.
The anti-graft court division said in a 71-page decision over the bail petition that “strong evidence that accused Revilla, Cambe and Napoles do exists. The court was convinced that the three conspired with one another, committed the capital offense of plunder defined and penalized under RA 7080, and thus are not entitled to the constitutional right to bail.”
However, the division said the decision on bail petition “shall not be regarded as a pre-judgment on the merits of the case that are to be determined only after a full-blown trial.”
Revilla and his co-accused allegedly collected PhP224.5 million kickbacks from 2006 to 2010 for funding ghost projects of Napoles’ non-gevernment organizations.