Revilla lawyer slams Ombudsman

Posted at 06/02/2014 2:56 PM | Updated as of 06/03/2014 12:17 PM

MANILA - Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales’ recent statements further prove her bias against the accused in the pork barrel scam, the lawyer of Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. said.

In a statement, lawyer Joel Bodegon slammed Morales for prejudging the cases even before one could be filed at the Sandiganbayan.

“You don’t talk like that. Para na siyang judge at pinapangunahan na niya ang Sandiganbayan. She makes it appear that there is no longer a need for trial. How can we expect fairness sa ginawa nilang imbestigasyon?” he said.

In a town hall meeting in New York last week, Carpio-Morales was quoted as saying that there is sufficient evidence to prove the guilt of Revilla and Senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Jinggoy Estrada. 

“Paano masasabi ng Ombudsman na may sapat silang ebidensiya, eh ni ayaw nilang ipakita kung ano ang mayroon sila, at marinig ang panig ng kanilang iniimbestigahan tungkol sa mga walang basehang mga akusasyon. Pawang walang mga laman, kundi puro hearsay at haka-haka lamang ang pinanghahawakan nila,” Bodegon said.

He said the Ombudsman even denied their pleas to be furnished all copies of the counter-affidavits filed by the respondents. The Ombudsman supposedly told them there was no cogent reason to do so.

Of the 19 counter-affidavits requested, only 6 were given to Revilla’s camp, Bodegon said.

“Kaya nga nag-file kami uli ng motion for reconsideration para ibigay nila lahat ito sa amin para makita at masagot naman ni Sen. Bong Revilla. Hiniling din namin na ipawalang-bisa yung resolution ng Ombudsman finding probabale cause para magkaroon ng tunay at patas ng imbestigasyon. Denied, sabi ng Ombudsman,” he said.

He noted Carpio-Morales is also snubbing the Malampaya fund scam, which also tags members of the administration.

"It's curious that she is so focused on this [pork scam], to the point of ignoring the Malampaya Fund Mess. Is it because that involves members and allies of the administration?"