Kap’s amazing story: Sandiganbayan acquits Bong Revilla of plunder but asks him to return P124M
The Sandiganbayan has acquitted former senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. of plunder in the multibillion-peso pork barrel scam but ordered him and his co-accused to return money to the government.
The anti-graft court, however, found Revilla’s former chief of staff, Richard Cambe, and alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles guilty of plunder. They were both sentenced to reclusion perpetua or imprisonment of at least 30 years.
Revilla was accused of amassing P224.5 million in ill-gotten wealth by channeling his Priority Development Assistance Fund to fake non-government organizations linked to Napoles from 2006 to 2010.
Despite being acquitted of plunder, Revilla was ordered by the Sandiganbayan Special First Division to return, to “solidarily” return P124 million to the government together with Napoles and Cambe.
The Sandiganbayan needed to create a special division since magistrates of the First Division which originally handled the case were unable to come up with a unanimous decision.
The verdict means Revilla will be released from detention after staying at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame since 2014.