‘President Revilla’ joins rats, ok-oks in police jail
BY ROGER M. BALANZA
The senator who wanted to run for president of the Philippines in the 2016 elections had rats and cockroaches for company in a jail where he was locked up for links to massive plunder involving P10 billion in government funds.
Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla also complained his detention cell at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame was hot.
Revilla, also an actor, voluntarily surrendered, with family and relatives in tow, to the Sandiganbayan before the anti-graft court could serve him a warrant of arrest on charges of graft and plunder in the P10-billion Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam.
PDAF scam queen Janet Lim Napoles, who implicated Revilla and senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Jinggoy Estrada, is detained in Fort Sto. Domingo in Sta. Rosa, Laguna for illegal detention filed against her by Benhur Luy, a relative and former employee who spilled the beans on Napoles’ racket.
Napoles was among 32 other people issued warrants of arrest by the Sandiganbayan in relation to the graft and plunder charges against Revilla.
The opposition senator said the charges against him are politically motivated engineered by the administration of President Benigno Aquino.
He said his arrest would not stop his plan to run for president in 2016.
“I will run if the people demand it,” he said. “Who knows, for the first time, we’ll have a President who is a prisoner.”
Unlimited ‘pork’ for Bong in jail
The word “pork” may be most abominable to him, but Senator Bong Revilla can gobble up tons of pork he wants in his detention cell at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center.
The phobia is understandable. Revilla is locked up at the police detention cell in Camp Crame over over pork but of another kind, the congressional Priority Assistance Development Fund (PDAF) also known as pork barrel. For months like a slice of pork on a stick, he has been barbecued, broiled, roasted and crucified for grand thievery of public money.
He is accused of pocketing millions of pesos in kickbacks from ghost projects he endorsed funded by his PDAF allocation and implemented by ghost non-government organizations of pork barrel scam queen Janet Lim Napoles.
Chief Superintendent Reuben Theodore Sindac, spokesman of the PNP, said there is no limit to Revilla’s relatives bringing food to the jailed senator. And that should include pork.
Jinggoy joins Bong in Camp Crame jail
Teary-eyed Senator Jinggoy Estrada, an actor, has made his second trip to a jail.
The Sandiganbayan ordered the arrest of Senator Jinggoy Estrada for plundering millions of pesos in taxpayers’ money.
The senator also landed in jail in 2001 on a plunder rap for accepting bribe money from illegal gambling. The case, however, was dismissed.
The 5th division of the Sandiganbayan issued the warrant of arrest after finding probable cause in the opposition senator’s involvement in the P10 billion Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam.
He is the third persona to land in jail over PDAF. Scam queen Janet Lim Napoles is detained in Fort Sto. Domingo in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
Earlier, the anti-graft court also ordered the arrest of senator Bong Revilla on the same charge of plunder and graft filed by the Ombudsman.
The Sandiganbayan is still to issue a warrant against senator Juan Ponce Enrile, the third senator implicated by scam queen Janet Lim Napoles. In the P10-Billion PDAF racket.