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'How to get away with plunder': Netizens blast Revilla’s acquittal with memes

Dec 12, 2018 - 3:53 PM

While Bong Revilla praises the verdict on him, netizens say it's one amazing story!

Despite Sandiganbayan justice’s flip-flop, still no bail for Gigi Reyes

Dec 11, 2018 - 3:58 PM

Justice Bernelito Fernandez’ turnaround forces the creation of a special division of 5 – as with Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla – but Gigi Reyes still loses 4-1

BAIL DENIED. Lawyer Jessica Lucila 'Gigi' Reyes, former chief of staff of ex-senator Juan Ponce Enrile, is again denied bail by the Sandiganbayan in a special division vote of 4-1. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

[OPINION] Grand judicial cover-up for Revilla

Dec 11, 2018 - 12:51 PM

In a real sense, it is the Senate, if not the whole Congress, that underwent trial

Sandiganbayan sets 2019 trial for Enrile plunder case

Dec 10, 2018 - 5:16 PM

The plunder case has been stuck at the pre-trial level for years because the Supreme Court granted Enrile's request to require the prosecution to specify to the tiniest details its evidence against him

PLUNDER TRIAL. Former senator Juan Ponce Enrile will begin his plunder trial at the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan on February 19, 2019. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Dagok sa hustisya ang pagpapalaya kay Bong Revilla

Dec 10, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Tandaan natin ang araw na ito – Disyembre 7, 2018 – nagtagumpay ang mga alagad ng korupsiyon

Revilla concealed unexplained wealth, liable for graft – dissenting justice

Dec 09, 2018 - 8:54 AM

The majority decision acquitting Bong Revilla of plunder only says it has not been proven beyond reasonable doubt that his unexplained bank deposits are kickbacks from Janet Napoles

Senator Bong Revilla Jr arrive his home at Bacoor in Cavite on 7 December 2018. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Revilla looks forward to 'new chapter' of his life after plunder acquittal

Dec 08, 2018 - 11:59 PM

Supporters give former senator Bong Revilla a warm welcome as he returns home

'KAP RETURNS'. Former senator Ramon 'Bong' Revilla delivers his first public speech after his 4-year detention inside Camp Crame. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

De Lima: Revilla's acquittal 'sends wrong signal'

Dec 08, 2018 - 4:38 PM

The detained senator says the Sandiganbayan's verdict on former senator Bong Revilla is 'a sad moment for truth, justice, and accountability'

ACQUITTED. Former senator Bong Revilla is acquitted of plunder on December 7, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[ANALYSIS | Deep Dive] Is Bong Revilla innocent?

Dec 08, 2018 - 12:16 PM

In acquitting Revilla, the court simply cited the 'failure of the prosecution to establish beyond reasonable doubt' his guilt for plunder. It did not use the words 'absolutely failed.'

DOCUMENT: Dissenting opinions on Bong Revilla acquittal

Dec 07, 2018 - 8:36 PM

Read the full dissents of Associate Justices Efren de la Cruz and Ma Theresa Dolores Gomez-Estoesta

FREE. Former senator Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr arrives at the Sandiganbayan on Friday, December 7, 2018, for the promulgation of judgment on his plunder case. He is acquitted. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Ombudsman Martires: We will not appeal Revilla acquittal

Dec 07, 2018 - 7:43 PM

'It is an elementary doctrine in law that you cannot appeal a judgment of acquittal,' says Martires, but a recourse could have been to elevate it to the SC

REVILLA ACQUITTAL. Ombudsman Samuel Martires says the Office of the Ombudsman will no longer appeal the acquittal of Bong Revilla. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Bong Revilla released: 'May hustisya pa sa ating bansa'

Dec 07, 2018 - 7:16 PM

Former senator Ramon 'Bong' Revilla has a feast waiting for him back home in Cavite

RELEASED. Former senator Ramon 'Bong' Revilla walks out of the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Majority justices ’took the cudgels’ for Revilla – dissenter

Dec 07, 2018 - 7:06 PM

‘One need only turn a discerning eye, and not look the other way,’ says Justice Ma. Theresa Dolores Gomez-Estoesta

REVILLA VERDICT. The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan acquitted former senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr of plunder via a majority vote of 3-2. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Cambe, Napoles could not have plundered millions without Revilla – dissenter

Dec 07, 2018 - 5:50 PM

Justice Efren Dela Cruz asks: How can Revilla explain millions' worth of deposits to their company at a time when it did not have operations

CONVICTED. Janet Lim-Napoles emerges from the Sandiganbayan after she was convicted of plunder on December 7, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

‘Forged signatures’ theory acquits Revilla in plunder case

Dec 07, 2018 - 4:44 PM

The two dissenting justices slam the reasoning of the majority, saying they ignored the AMLC report. Revilla's staff Richard Cambe could not have done it by himself, they also say.

Photo by Jire Carreon

DOCUMENT: Sandiganbayan decision that acquits Bong Revilla of plunder

Dec 07, 2018 - 3:57 PM

Read the Sandiganbayan's Special First Division decision penned by Associate Justice Geraldine Faith Econg

ACQUITTED. Senator Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr walks out of the Sandiganbayan on December 7, 2018 after his acquittal. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

TIMELINE: Bong Revilla's plunder case and the pork barrel scam

Dec 07, 2018 - 3:25 PM

After a release order and 4 years of imprisonment, former senator Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr will be free, following his acquittal

FREE. Former Senaror Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr arrives at the Sandiganbayan on Friday, December 07, 2018, to attend hearing in his plunder case promulgation. File Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Aquino 'bewildered' by Bong Revilla acquittal

Dec 07, 2018 - 3:12 PM

'The media reports that his co-accused were found guilty. That fact proves a crime was committed,' says former president Benigno Aquino III whose administration pursued the pork scam cases

FORMER PHILIPPINE CHIEF. Investigations into the pork barrel scam began during the administration of then president Benigno 'Noynoy' Aquino III. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

'I hope to follow suit,' says Jinggoy Estrada after Revilla acquittal

Dec 07, 2018 - 1:51 PM

Jinggoy Estrada hopes to be on the campaign trail with Bong Revilla in their bid to return to the Senate in 2019

NEXT IN LINE? Jinggoy Estrada pays a visit to his fellow ex-senator and screen actor Bong Revilla in Camp Crame. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Malacañang 'bows down' to Sandiganbayan acquittal of Bong Revilla

Dec 07, 2018 - 1:42 PM

'Regardless of the sentiments to the contrary, we have to bow down to the judgement of the Sandiganbayan,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo

ACQUITTED. Former senator Bong Revilla is acquitted of plunder over the pork barrel scam on December 7, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Sandiganbayan orders return of P124.5M in Revilla plunder case

Dec 07, 2018 - 12:27 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Dissenting Justice Estoesta says Revilla must pay a share in the P124.5 million that should be returned

CONVICTED. Bong Revilla's former staff, Richard Cambe, is convicted of plunder while his boss is acquitted, according to the verdict of the Sandiganbayan on December 7, 2018. Photo by Lian Buan

Sandiganbayan acquits Bong Revilla of plunder

Dec 07, 2018 - 9:48 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Revilla is now free after 4 years of detention but remains charged with 16 counts of graft

ACQUITTED. Former Senaror Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr arrives at the Sandiganbayan on December 7, 2018 and is later acquitted of plunder. Photo by Darren Langit

Rundown of the trial: Is Bong Revilla guilty or not guilty?

Dec 06, 2018 - 7:11 PM

‘Given the evidence the office gathered, if I were a judge I would convict him. Period,’ says former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales.

VERDICT. The verdict of the Sandiganbayan on former senator Bong Revilla Jr in his plunder case will be handed out on December 7, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Sandiganbayan justices reach an impasse on Bong Revilla plunder case

Dec 05, 2018 - 9:55 AM

It means one of the 3 regular members dissented, forcing the First Division to create a special division of 5 and add two more justices to vote

VERDICT. The verdict of the Sandiganbayan on the plunder case of former senator Bong Revilla Jr will be promulgated on December 7, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Weeks before plunder verdict, Bong Revilla allowed to see dad in hospital

Nov 16, 2018 - 3:43 PM

The Sandiganbayan's 1st Division grants the former senator a 5-hour furlough

PLUNDER CASE. Former senator Bong Revilla Jr arrives at the Sandiganbayan on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, to attend his plunder trial. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Verdict on Bong Revilla plunder case out December 7

Nov 08, 2018 - 12:57 PM

(UPDATED) This will significantly affect the action star-turned-politician's candidacy for senator in 2019

Former senator Bong Revilla Jr arrives at the Sandiganbayan on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, to attend his plunder trial. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Estelito Mendoza’s ‘magic’ continues: Dichaves cleared in plunder case

Oct 24, 2018 - 7:27 PM

Jaime Dichaves, who owned up to the Jose Velarde accounts, is cleared by the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan even without a full-blown trial

WINNING STREAK. Estelito Mendoza continues a winning streak as Jose Dichaves is acquitted of plunder.

AMLC report can be used vs Jinggoy Estrada – SC

Oct 07, 2018 - 5:12 PM

The Anti-Money Laundering Council report alleges that ex-senator Jinggoy Estrada received at least P157.6 million in kickbacks through the pork barrel scam

ADMISSIBLE. Former Senator Jinggoy Estrada arrives at the Sandiganbayan on September 25, 2017, to attend hearing on his plunder case. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Andaya copies Enrile in Malampaya scam charges, asks for specifics

Sep 03, 2018 - 2:32 PM

While requesting for a bill of particulars, the House Majority Leader also asks for a reset of his arraignment

Screenshot by Rappler

DOCUMENTS: SC decision, dissent in upholding Estrada plunder

Aug 24, 2018 - 8:23 PM

Justices Velasco, Bersamin, Peralta, and Reyes are the dissenters

Former Senator Jinggoy Estrada attends heraing on his plunder case at the Sandiganbayan on Monday. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Bersamin, Velasco wanted to acquit Jinggoy Estrada in plunder case

Aug 24, 2018 - 7:18 PM

Justices Peralta and Reyes point to a deficiency in the plunder charge, but say it is already moot. It is a narrow 6-4-4 decision that upholds the charge.

PLUNDER CASE. Associate Justices Presbitero Velasco Jr and Lucas Bersamin voted to acquit Jinggoy Estrada of plunder, while Associate Justices Diosdado Peralta and Andres Reyes Jr pointed to the deficiency of the plunder charge.

Trial wraps for Revilla: Did prosecution tie loose ends?

Aug 09, 2018 - 8:01 PM

Benhur Luy has neither talked to Revilla nor seen him sign anything. The prosecution says documents will bear them out.

Former Senator Bong Revilla attends trial on his plunder case at the Sandiganbayan on Tuesday, August 7, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Benhur testimony pins down Bong Revilla staff in plunder trial

Aug 07, 2018 - 6:37 PM

‘Segurista si Madame, hindi siya magbibigay ng pera kay Attorney Cambe kung wala silang agreement ni Revilla,’ says Benhur Luy

PDAP Scam Whistle blower Benhur Luy at the witness stand during trial of former Senator Bong Revilla Plunder case at Sandiganbayan on Tuesday. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Trillanes to file plunder complaint vs Wanda Teo, Tulfo brothers

Jul 30, 2018 - 11:05 AM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV also says the Senate should look into 'how much more of the people's money was squandered' when Wanda Teo was tourism secretary

PLUNDER. Teo's photo from Malacanang, Tulfo brothers' photo from Bitag media

Supreme Court ’nipped in the bud’ Arroyo’s plunder case – Morales

Jul 24, 2018 - 4:29 PM

Arroyo rises to the position of House Speaker, but she is not entirely in the clear because a pending case remains at the Ombudsman

Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal Arroyo during the 3rd State of the nation address at the House of representatives in Quezon city. Photo by Mary Grace dela Serna/Rappler

SC junks Revilla petition to unfreeze assets

Jul 24, 2018 - 3:35 PM

Former senator Bong Revilla's latest petition to stop the trial at the anti-graft Sandiganbayan is still pending

PLUNDER CASE. Former senator Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr is under tria; before the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan for plunder in connection with the pork barrel scam. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Ombudsman to challenge Sula's testimony in Revilla plunder case

Jul 02, 2018 - 6:40 PM

'We have never been more confident in the cases we filed in court,' says Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales

WITNESS. Marina Sula changes tune in the Bong Revilla plunder case, says Ombudsman prosecutors coached some of her testimonies. File photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

Sandiganbayan junks Gigi Reyes bail petition

Jul 01, 2018 - 3:10 PM

The anti-graft court says there is strong evidence against plunder defendant Gigi Reyes, the former chief of staff of ex-senator Juan Ponce Enrile

DISMISSED. In this file photo, Gigi Reyes surrenders to the Sandiganbayan. File photo by Buena Bernal/Rappler

'Hindi pa tapos ang laban': Prosecution downplays witnesses in Revilla plunder

Jun 28, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Two employees of Janet Lim Napoles pin the blame on Benhur Luy and clear former senator Bong Revilla, but the prosecution is counting on official documents to connect the dots

Former senator Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr. arrives at the Sandiganbayan on Thursday, June 28, 2018, to attend his plunder trial. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Pork barrel scam witness now claims Luy forged Revilla's signature

Jun 28, 2018 - 2:25 PM

Marina Sula also accuses the former lead prosecutor of coaching her earlier testimonies in the plunder trial of former senator Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr

Former Senator Bong Revilla arrives at the Sandiganbayan on June 26, 2018, to attend a hearing on a plunder case. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOTr to pursue plunder charges vs Abaya over MRT3 mess

Jun 26, 2018 - 12:05 PM

The Department of Transportation is also eyeing plunder charges against officials not indicted by the Office of the Ombudsman

HEARING. Former DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya attends the public hearing on the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) 3 issues led by Senator Grace Poe at the Office of the Senate in Pasay City on May 15, 2017. File photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Bong Revilla's phone confiscated after jail anniversary selfie

Jun 22, 2018 - 3:52 PM

The actor-turned-politician-turned-detainee had earlier posted on Facebook a selfie that was apparently taken inside the high-security detention facility

SELFIE. Detained former senator Bong Revilla takes a selfie inside his detention facility in Camp Crame on June 21, 2018, to mark his 4th year in the Philippine National Police Custodial Center. Photo from Bong Revilla's Facebook account

Estelito magic: Bong Revilla gets away with new trial delay

Jun 14, 2018 - 12:21 PM

The prosecution begs the Court, ‘do not be hypnotized by Revilla’s chanting of repeated arguments’

STRATEGY. Former senator Bong Revilla huddles with his legal team led by veteran litigator Estelito Mendoza. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Argosino accused as 'main plunderer' in immigration bribery scandal

Jun 13, 2018 - 5:25 PM

Amended charges identify Al Argosino as the main plunderer, apparently to satisfy legal standards introduced by the Supreme Court when it acquitted former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo of plunder

BRIBERY SCANDAL. Former immigration Associate Commisioner Al Argosino gets emotional during the Senate Blue Ribbon hearing on January 31, 2017, on the P50-million bribery scandal. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Guevarra: New Napoles confessions won’t affect her plunder cases

Jun 01, 2018 - 2:58 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says the camp of alleged pork barrel scam Janet Napoles has not reached out to him yet

Newly appointed Department of Justice secretary Menardo Guevara talks to members of the media as he holds his first press conference inside the DOJ in Manila on April 10, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Sandiganbayan acquits Rosario Uriarte of plunder in PCSO intel fund scam case

May 17, 2018 - 1:01 PM

Former PCSO general manager Rosario Uriarte is off the hook, eliminating the P366-million intel fund scam which was a highlight in the term of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales

PCSO SCAM. Only the plunder case against former PCSO general manager Rosario Uriarte is pending with the anti-graft court.

Napoles safehouse bid denied as DOJ re-evaluates her WPP coverage

May 10, 2018 - 4:18 PM

After 3 divisions of the Sandiganbayan denied her appeal to be transferred to a safehouse, Janet Lim Napoles is now counting on the DOJ to finalize her provisional Witness Protection Program coverage

NO SAFEHOUSE. Sandiganbayan denies Janet Napoles' appeal to move out of her regular jail cell and into a safehouse. File photo by Rappler

Plunder complaint filed vs Aquino, Garin over Dengvaxia

May 10, 2018 - 12:49 PM

Complainant Ferdinand Topacio alleges that former president Benigno Aquino III conspired with Sanofi Pasteur and Zuellig Pharma to 'unjustly enrich' themselves through the P3.5-billion Dengvaxia purchase

Atty. Ferdinand Topacio of VACC show a copy of affidavit of Plunder case he filed against Former President Noynoy Aquino, Former DOH Secretary Janette Garin and Former Budget Secretary Florencio Abad on Denvaxia case at the office of the Ombudsman on May 10, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Suspend ex-SAF chief, 3 others over missing funds – complainants

Apr 25, 2018 - 8:11 AM

Complainants, led by a former SAF chief, had earlier filed a malversation and plunder complaint against the 4 cops over P59.8 million in unreleased allowances

FORMER SAF CHIEF. Benjamin Lusad (leftmost) is accused of failing to distribute over P59.8 M in allowances to SAF troopers. File photo courtesy of DOJ

P59.8-M SAF allowance mess 'litmus test' for Albayalde – Año

Apr 19, 2018 - 3:53 PM

'This should be his first priority and will serve as litmus test on how he will carry out the internal cleansing program within the police organization,' says DILG OIC Eduardo Año, as the new Philippine National Police chief assumes his post

FORMER AFP CHIEF. DILG OIC Eduardo Año wants incoming PNP chief Oscar Albayalde to solve the SAF allowances issue. Malacañang file photo.