Include aliases of Revilla, wife in freeze order – prosecution
MANILA, Philippines – Government lawyers want properties under the aliases of detained Senator Ramon Bong Revilla Jr and wife Cavite 2nd district Representative Lani Mercado-Revilla to be included in the freeze order on their assets.
A motion submitted to the Sandganbayan First Division showed that Revilla had 7 other known names while his wife had 4 other variations.
The prosecution said that an Anti-Money Laundering Council investigation found that the senator also used the following names:
- Ramon Revilla Jr.
- Jose Marie M. Bautista
- Jose Marie Mortel Bautista
- Ramon “Bong” Bautista Jr.
- Ramon “Bong” Bautista
- Jose Marie Bautista
His wife, meanwhile, had the following aliases:
- Lani Hernandez Mercado
- Jesusa Victoria Bautista
- Jesusa Victoria H. Bautista
- Lani Mercado Revilla
Both Revilla and his wife were actors before they entered politics.
Born Jose Marie Bautista, the senator used the screen name after his father, former Senator Ramon Revilla Sr, who was also a former actor. In 2009, Revilla legally changed his name to Ramon B. Bong Revilla Jr.
His wife, meanwhile, changed her name from Jesusa Victoria Garcia Hernandez to Lani Hernandez Mercado also in 2009, the prosecution said.
“The properties described in the Ex-Parte Motion belong to accused Revilla and his spouse and are also listed under their other names. Thus, for purposes of clarity, it is respectfully prayed that properties under accused Revilla and his spouse’s other known names …be likewise deemed covered in the subject writ of preliminary attachment,” the motion said.
Revilla is one of the legislators charged with pocketing millions worth of kickbacks through the illegal diversion of his discretionary fund to fake non-governmental organizations under the so-called pork barrel scam – the biggest corruption scandal to hit the Philippines in recent years.
He is accused of plundering at least P224.5 million over a 5-year period starting 2006.
The Sandiganbayan First Division earlier ordered the garnishment of the assets of Revilla and fellow accused Senator Jinggoy Estrada.
The freeze order bars the lawmakers from transferring their wealth to another source while the case is still being heard, enabling the government to recover the funds later on should they be found guilty of amassing ill-gotten wealth. – Rappler.com