Friday, December 22, 2017

Repost: Bong Revilla and Aide Get Furlough for Christmas Eve

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For the first time in four years, former Senator Bong Revilla and his chief-of-staff Richard Cambe would not have to spend Christmas Eve behind bars.

The Sandiganbayan First Division, in two separate resolutions dated Dec. 20, has granted a 10-hour furlough for the two plunder defendants to celebrate the holiday with their families in Cavite.

Revilla and Cambe were allowed to leave their detention cells at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 24.

Revilla would spend his holiday in his residence in Bacoor City, Cavite, while Cambe would be in his brother’s house in Imus City, Cavite. Cambe was also allowed to undergo a dental checkup while outside detention.

The court required the two plunder defendants to shoulder the PNP’s expenses for their personal escorts and security measures.

It also tasked the PNP security detail to supervise the use of any means of communication or electronic gadgets by the two and their companions. Media interviews were also prohibited.

The court did not give weight to the prosecution’s argument that granting the furlough would a “special privilege that is not accorded to an ordinary prisoner and [would] unduly create an impression to the public that accused Revilla… is a favored detainee.”

The furlough, however, was not as long as Revilla’s request to leave detention for 33 hours from 11 a.m. on Dec. 24 to 8 p.m. on Christmas Day, Dec. 25. Revilla had also requested another 33-hour furlough from Dec. 31 to Jan. 1.

This would be the first time the two would celebrate Christmas at home since they were detained at the national police headquarters in June 2014, when the Ombudsman filed plunder charges against them in the Sandiganbayan.

Revilla was accused of receiving through Cambe P224.5 million in kickbacks in exchange for diverting his Priority Development Assistance Fund allocations to ghost projects by dubious foundations allegedly ran by Janet Lim-Napoles.

Christmas furloughs for detained high-ranking public officials are not unheard of in the Philippines, which ranked 101st of the 176 countries, or the bottom half, in Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index 2016.

Former President and incumbent Pampanga 2nd Dist. Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was allowed to go home for the holidays in 2014 and 2015 while her P366-million plunder case was still pending. /je

23 comments:

  1. E minus nyo n ang 5 hrs byahe pauwi at pabalik

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  2. Malamang i-helicopter nila yan.

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  3. Replies
    1. Don't worry. It also happens in the U.S.

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    2. @8:27, saan? sino? proof please. ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”

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    3. unfair naman yan sa mahihirap na nakakulong

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    4. Where and when did you see a public official in jail from the US get time off to be with family?? I'm waiting. Give proof by names ha.

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  4. Samantalang un mga normal na tao na nakakulong, hindi makauwi sa mga pamilya nila ngayon pasko

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  5. Nakikita ko na lalabas na talaga siya for good soon. Hay naku!

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    1. 916 Ndi malayo manyari. Nafifeel ko din yan.

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  6. This admin is the best

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  7. Yan na! Malapit na makalabas ng tuluyan yan. Biglang magkakasakit at mahohispital arrest. ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿป‍♀️

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    1. Jusko! Eto talaga ang patunay na hindi pantay ang pagtingin ng batas dito sa bansa natin. Pag mayaman, madaming ways para ma-twist nila ang batas at makalaya samantalang ang mahihirap tuluyan ng mabubulok sa kulungan.

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  8. May new year pa! Hay naku ito lng ang ayaw ko Kay Duterte susunod palalabasin na Yan!

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  9. aww wag ka magalala idol, alam ko wala kang kasalanan at napakabuti mong tao. ipagdadasal talaga kita gaya ng pagdarasal ko kay GMA, erap, duterte, marcos family, etc. malakas ako sa panginoon, kita mo naman yung blessings na binigay nya sa pamilya ng mga taong ito.

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  10. Justice delayed, justice denied. Tagal Kasi litisin... Ano na Ang nangyari?

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    1. hindi kasi drugs ang kaso kaya wala sa priority yan. papalayain din yan kasi wala namang drugs involved.

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  11. Haters gonna hate. If the furlough is wrong, file a case. Wag ngawa ng ngawa lang. Passive aggressive lang mga bess.. ๐Ÿ˜™

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  12. Funny and lame justice in this country.

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  13. Eh yung nakulong dahik nagnakaw ng corned beef makakauwi din ba sa pasko?siya nga kaban ng bayan nilimas. Char.

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  14. That country is a joke

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