Let out of detention: Is the Sandiganbayan consistent?

MANILA, Philippines – Since being detained for plunder cases, senators Ramon Revilla Jr and Jinggoy Estrada, along with former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, have made numerous appeals before the Sandiganbayan for time-out from detention.

The latest of these is the request of Revilla and Estrada to attend the wake of TV host German “Kuya Germs” Moreno. The anti-graft court denied their petitions on Tuesday, January 12.

Previous appeals made by these officials included medical check-ups, holiday breaks, and attendance of important occasions with family and friends.

Some of the requests were granted, particularly those that had to do with health – either the health condition of the detained officials, or that of their relatives. The Sandiganbayan cited "humanitarian reasons" for granting these requests.

Arroyo is luckier, as her appeals for holiday breaks were also granted by the court. At present, 10 out of the 15 sitting Sandiganbayan justices were appointed by Arroyo.

As for Revilla and Estrada Revilla, the Sandiganbayan divisions handling their cases (1st and 5th divisions, respectively) have two Arroyo-appointed members and one Aquino-appointed member each. (READ: The justices behind the pork barrel cases)

Listed below are some of the motions for furlough (or time-out from detention) filed by these officials in the past, as well as the response of the anti-graft court on each request.

Revilla

HOSPITAL VISIT. Detained senator Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr makes an emotional visit to son Jolo, who is confined at the hospital for a gunshot wound. Photo courtesy of the office of Senator Revilla

HOSPITAL VISIT. Detained senator Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr makes an emotional visit to son Jolo, who is confined at the hospital for a gunshot wound.

Photo courtesy of the office of Senator Revilla

AILING FATHER. Detained Senator Bong Revilla is allowed by the Sandiganbayan to visit his ailing father at a Taguig City hospital. Photo from the staff of Senator Revilla

AILING FATHER. Detained Senator Bong Revilla is allowed by the Sandiganbayan to visit his ailing father at a Taguig City hospital.

Photo from the staff of Senator Revilla

Estrada

FURLOUGH. Detained Senator Jinggoy Estrada goes for a medical check-up at the Cardinal Santos Memorial Center. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

FURLOUGH. Detained Senator Jinggoy Estrada goes for a medical check-up at the Cardinal Santos Memorial Center.

File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

GRADUATION. Estrada poses with wife Precy and son Julian who graduated from high school. Photo from Estrada's Facebook page

GRADUATION. Estrada poses with wife Precy and son Julian who graduated from high school.

Photo from Estrada's Facebook page

HOSPITAL VISIT. Estrada accompanies his wife Precy to visit her mother at St. Lukeu2019s Hospital. Photo from Estrada's Twitter page

HOSPITAL VISIT. Estrada accompanies his wife Precy to visit her mother at St. Lukeu2019s Hospital.

Photo from Estrada's Twitter page

Arroyo

GOOD FOR HEALTH. Allowing her family to see her will improve former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's condition, her doctors say. Rappler file photo

GOOD FOR HEALTH. Allowing her family to see her will improve former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's condition, her doctors say.

Rappler file photo

Revilla and Estrada are detained at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame over plunder and graft charges in connection with the pork barrel scam.

Meanwhile, Arroyo has been detained over a plunder case in relation to the alleged misuse of P366 million ($8.28 million) in Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) intelligence funds during her term. – Rappler.com