SC orals on Revilla plea reset to April 22

Posted at 03/28/14 3:13 PM

MANILA - Oral arguments on Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jnr's plea to suspend the Ombudsman probe on the P10 billion pork barrel scam has been reset to April 22 instead of April 1, the Supreme Court said.

An announcement on the Supreme Court Public Information Office Twitter account said the oral arguments on the Revilla plea will be conducted on April 22, 2 p.m. at the SC Session Hall in Baguio City during its summer sessions.

The oral debates will be conducted before the SC en banc and not the Third Division.

Revilla is one of 38 people facing plunder, bribery and malversation charges before the Ombudsman for their alleged links to the misuse of some P10 billion in pork barrel funds. He is accused of pocketing more than P224.5 million in kickbacks from businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles, a charge that he has denied.

Revilla is asking the Supreme Court to reverse the Ombudsman's decision denying his motion to suspend the preliminary investigation in the plunder and malversation charges against him and several others.

In his petition, the senator said the Ombudsman should wait for the Bacoor City Regional Trial Court to issue a resolution on the plunder case he filed against pork scam whistle-blowers Benhur Luy, Merlina Suñas and several others. Revilla has asked the Bacoor RTC to void documents that linked him to the P10 billion pork barrel scam.