IBP prexy: Civil aspect of Bong Revilla’s case appealable

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The Integrated Bar of the Philippines on Sunday disclosed that the the Office of the Ombudsman could still appeal the civil aspect of the pork barrel case against former senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. who was acquitted by the Sandiganbayan just recently.

IBP national president Abdiel Dan Elijah Fajardo echoed the statement of Ombudsman Samuel Martires that Revilla’s acquittal on the criminal aspect can no longer be appealed due to the rule on double jeopardy.

But Elijah disclosed Revilla’s civil liability could still be pursued.

The Sandiganbayan has ordered Revilla and two other accused, his chief of staff Richard Cambe and pork barrel scam queen Janet Lim Napoles, to return the P124.5 million to the national treasury.

“The prosecution may appeal the civil aspect of the judgment, i.e., the award of P124 million in favor of the government. The prosecution may move for a partial reconsideration of the decision, and insist that it was able to adduce evidence showing that the accused are liable to pay P185 million as discussed in the dissenting opinion,” he stressed.

“Recovery of P60 million more is certainly a worthy cause that the prosecution may opt to bring up to the Supreme Court once reconsideration is denied in the Sandiganbayan,” Fajardo added.#

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