- The Office of the Ombudsman insisted that former Senator Bong Revilla should pay P125 million for civil liability on his pork barrel case
- According to the prosecution, even though Revilla was acquitted, that does not mean he is no longer civilly liable
- Revilla is given 20 days to comment regarding this matter
The Office of the Ombudsman has insisted that former Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. should give back P124.5 million to the National Treasury for the civil damages linked with his plunder case for the “pork barrel scam.”
KAMI learned that despite the Sandiganbayan’s decision to acquit Revilla of his plunder case, the Ombudsman wants Revilla to pay back millions.
In a report by Inquirer, the motion filed by Sandiganbayan’s anti-graft court stated that even though Revilla was acquitted, that does not mean he is no longer civilly liable.
“Had the court wanted to exclude Revilla, it could have simply and easily named Cambe and Napoles in the third paragraph, as it did in the first paragraph [of the decision]. It would not have used the collective term “accused” without exception and distinction,” the prosecution stated.
According to the prosecutors led by Atty. Manuel T. Soriano Jr., the courts can acquit someone but still order them to pay for civil damages with regard to the same case.
“As then senator of the Philippines, Revilla should be held accountable to return the amount of money bled out from the coffers of the government by the scheme and scam maneuvered by a public officer under his direct supervision and control,” the prosecutors added.
As reported by Pilipino Star Ngayon, the prosecution’s decision regarding Revilla’s civil liability was final since the senator did not file for a motion of reconsideration on this matter.
Revilla is given 20 days to comment regarding the P125 million civil liability.
In a previous report by KAMI, the Sandiganbayan has found Revilla “not guilty” of his plunder case. He was accused of kickbacking P224.5 million from the pork barrel given to public officials for their government projects.
Despite the controversies about the pork barrel, Revilla has filed his candidacy to run as a senator once again in the upcoming mid-term elections this May.
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