Bong's pre-trial hearing postponed

Posted at 07/09/14 10:58 AM

MANILA – The pre-trial hearing for the plunder and graft cases of Senator Ramon ''Bong'' Revilla Jr. has been postponed.

The Sandiganbayan First Division re-scheduled the pre-trial hearing to August 27 after it was discovered that the prosecution is not yet finished with the pre-marking of the pieces of evidence.

The anti-graft court also scheduled pre-trial conferences on July 14, 15, 18, and 25, and August 1, 6, 8, 11, 12, 13, and 15.

Revilla, a former governor of Cavite, is one of three opposition senators tagged in the so-called P10 billion pork barrel scam allegedly masterminded by Janet Lim Napoles. He is accused of amassing P242 million from his priority development assistance fund (PDAF), the official name of the congressional pork barrel.

The senator has denied the charges, saying he does not need to steal public funds. He is facing one count of plunder and 16 counts of graft.

His co-accused in the plunder charge include Napoles, Richard Cambe, Ronald John Lim, and Raymund de Asis.

The anti-graft court said the hearing for Revilla's petition for bail will push through tomorrow. – report from Johnson Manabat, dzMM