- Former Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. recently sought a holiday furlough
- Revilla wanted to spend the traditional Christmas and New Year’s Eve feasts with his family in Cavite
- Prosecution opposed Revilla’s request “for lack of merit”
For the past three years, former Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. was unable to spend the holiday season with his family at home. That is why he filed a motion on Dec. 12 to the Sadiganbayan First Division asking for permission to leave his detention for four days to spend the holidays with his family.
From what KAMI learned, Revilla sought the court’s permission to allow him to leave his detention to spend the traditional Christmas and New Year’s Eve feasts with his family in Cavite. As stated in the motion, he plans to leave from 11 a.m. on Dec. 24 until 8 p.m. on Dec 25 and from 11 a.m. on Dec. 31 until 8 p.m. on Jan. 1, PhilStar noted.
“In view of recent events and the health conditions of his father, Senator Revilla Sr., accused Revilla needs the comfort and security of his family,” Revilla’s lawyers said. “There is nothing more important for accused Revilla in these trying times than the love and support of his family.”
In his three-page petition, the former senator also detailed his plans for this year’s holiday season. It include attending a mass, eating together with his family and just spend time with them.
Unfortunately, GMA News reported that the Office of the Ombudsman’s prosecution team has filed a 5-page opposition paper on Dec. 14 to deny Revilla’s bid for a holiday furlough. The prosecution said Revilla’s motion lacks merit.
The prosecution explained that granting Revilla his request would give the impression that the former action star is a “favored detainee” who has been given a “special privilege” that is not given to ordinary prisoners.
Meanwhile, Revilla and his former aide Richard Cambe are currently detained at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City. They have been there since June 2014 after plunder and graft cases were filed against them.
The cases were connected with the alleged misuse of his Priority Development Assistance Fund aka pork barrel during his term as a senator.
Revilla apparently received P224.5 million in kickbacks or commissions from pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles. The kickbacks or commissions were in exchange for the allocation of his PDAF to Napoles’ nonexistent NGOs (non-government organizations).
Speaking of the holiday season, KAMI's official YouTube channel has some how-to videos that could help you prepare or give you ideas that are perfect for the holiday festivities.