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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Revilla not amenable to return P124 Million: “Ano ang isosoli ko?”

Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. / Photo from GMA Network
Senatorial Candidate Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., on Wednesday’s press conference insisted he will not return any money to the government because he stole nothing.

Revilla, who was recently acquitted in a decision promulgated by Sandiganbayan First Division over plunder charges in relation to the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam was required to “solidarily” return P124.5 Million to the National Treasury pursuant to Article 100 of the Revised Penal Code.

This, while Revilla’s staff Richard Cambe along with businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles remains convicted.

Anyone who is criminally liable for a felony is also civilly liable, according to the law. Although the 186 – page decision never indicated who among the accused were to pay, Revilla’s lawyers justified that their client is NOT liable since plunder charges were dropped, in the first place.

Revilla, in a press conference held at the office of his legal consultant, Estelito Mendoza, issued a similar opinion.

“Ano ang isosoli ko? Wala naman akong kasalanan, nagsalita na ang korte na wala akong kasalanan,” Revilla said.
Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. / Photo from Rappler
Mendoza to his defense, implied that Revilla’s charges were prompted by ‘dirty politics’.

“I believe Revilla is innocent. The Ombudsman, under Conchita Carpio Morales, para bang trigger-happy mag-file ng plunder dahil no bail, bilanggo kaagad,” Mendoza said.

Revilla was locked up for over 4 years inside the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City and is now preoccupied for his Political Campaign since his liberty.

The Senatorial hopeful will go after “false accusers” as one of his legislative agendas, should he win, such as the ones behind his imprisonment. Although Revilla denied identifying names, he says they are still working against them “up to the very last minute”.

“Kumbaga, they really want to hang me. Hanggang ngayon gumagalaw sila. Kung may pamilya kayo, maniwala kayo sa karma, babalik din yan sa inyo. Talagang nararamdaman ko sila. Maging maligaya na lang tayo sa kapaskuhang ito,” Revilla said.

Revilla also mentioned about going back to showbusiness, citing that making movies and guesting at television shows have always been his legitimate source of income.
Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. / Photo from
“Yun ang source of income ko talaga hindi yung pagiging senador,” the celebrity politician said.

San Beda Official Believes Revilla Must Pay Despite Acquittal

On the contrary, San Beda University Graduate Law School Dean, Fr. Ranhilio Aquino believes that Revilla should, by the least, pay a certain amount of money despite his acquittal.

In a Facebook post hours after Revilla’s acquittal last week, Fr. Aquino explained that, “If you bring home your officemate’s wallet, thinking in all good faith that it is yours, and your officemate later on charges you with theft, you will, in all probability be acquitted absent any proof that you intended to defraud your colleague, but you will still be ordered to return the wallet and its contents for the simple reason that it is not yours.”

Aquino also said that, “for a criminal conviction such as in the plunder case against Revilla, proof beyond reasonable doubt is required, but civil liability needs only the preponderance of evidence.”

Meanwhile, Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) President Abdiel Fajardo, concurs with Aquino’s statement, citing that “all accused were held solidarily liable for that civil liability, [that is], to compensate government for the loss. That includes the senator.”

“The civil liability was only a consequence of the finding that a specific amount was illegally collected from government. At least that much was lost from government coffers as established in evidence,” he said.


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Source: Manila Bulletin