Revilla aide surrenders, Cunanan posts bail

Posted at 06/20/14 3:30 PM

MANILA – The chief political staff of Senator Ramon ''Bong'' Revilla Jr. on Friday surrendered to the Sandiganbayan after arrest warrants against him and his co-respondents in the pork barrel scam case were released.

Atty. Richard Cambe arrived at the anti-graft court's first division, which handles the plunder and graft charges against Revilla and 32 others, with his lawyer Remigio Michael Ancheta.

Cambe filled out his personal information sheet at the office of the Sandiganbayan sheriff.

He was then detained at the anti-graft court's detention cell while waiting for the ruling on his urgent motion to be detained in Camp Crame, under the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG).

Cambe, who was charged with plunder and graft in connection with the pork barrel scam, has been accused of serving as a conduit in diverting Revilla's pork barrel funds to bogus foundations of businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles.

Graft is a bailable offense while plunder is not.

Cunanan posts bail

Meanwhile, another respondent in the case, Technology Resource Center (TRC) director general on leave Dennis Cunanan, also appeared before the anti-graft court to post bail.

Cunanan posted a bail of P210,000 for seven counts of graft.

His lawyer said his client posted bail for the other graft cases lodged before the Sandiganbayan's fifth division - which handles the plunder and graft cases against Sen. Jinggoy Estrada and others - even though an arrest warrant has yet to be issued.

Cunanan, whose bid to become state witness was denied by the Office of the Ombudsman, earlier claimed that Senators Revilla and Estrada "pressured" him via phone to release their pork barrel funds to the Napoles NGOs through the state-run TRC. – reports from Robert Mano, dzMM; and Jenny Reyes, ABS-CBN News