By: Elena Grace Flores
Former Senator Bongbong Marcos always describe the charges against another ex-Senator Bong Revilla as “a little too vague”. Revilla, is now acquitted on the plunder case. He was also allowed to post bail on the graft charges at the Sandiganbayan over the “pork barrel” scam. A Revilla and Marcos tandem was floated in 2016. Marcos also defended Revilla and co-accused, ex-Senator Jinggoy Estrada, over criticisms of their alleged special treatment at their detention in Camp Crame.
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Malacañang Bows Down
Malacañang said that it respects the decision of the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan to acquit former senator Revilla of plunder. “Regardless of the sentiments to the contrary, we have to bow down to the judgement of the Sandiganbayan,” Presidential Spokesman and Chief Presidential Counsel Salvador Panelo said in a statement recently.
Slow but Rightful Ruling
Panelo, who is once Revilla’s lawyer, describes justice in the Philippines as “slow.” But the court’s verdicts are “exacting and immutable,” he added. Earlier, the Sandiganbayan’s special first division rules find Revilla not guilty of plunder. He was accused of earning P224.5 million worth of kickbacks through the pork barrel scam. However, experts believe that they were politically motivated. This was during former President BS Aquino’s time as he intends to run for President
Revilla is among 3 former senators accused of funnelling his Priority Development Assistance Fund. This was allegedly through the use of fake non-governmental organizations owned by Napoles. The others are Juan Ponce Enrile and Jinggoy Estrada. Both are out on bail.
The President’s Promise on his Freedom
When he was still a presidential candidate in January 2016, President Rodrigo Du30 had said that he would “see to it” that Revilla would be granted bail. This is if the evidence was “weak.” Everything goes according to his word. Since he follows the rule of law, the proceedings took a long time. But it’s definitely worth it for the Revilla’s and their supporters.
The Era of the Anti-Aquino and Pro Marcos
The current developments from the appointment of the New Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin to Revilla’s freedom are manifestations of the President and his allies’ goal to return Marcos’ idealism. Many believe that this is for the good of the country. Can the VP proclaimation of Bongbong Marcos be next?