Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla’s admission that he had closed several bank accounts at the time when the lawmakers’ Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), also known as “pork barrel”, was reported to have been funneled into Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) for an enormous and scandalous fee called “kickback”, is not really helping his graft, corruption and plunder case before the Sandiganbayan any.
In fact withdrawing his accumulated millions in cash involving some 81 bank accounts for fear that the government will freeze it during the course of the investigation is only adding more woe to his already desperate predicament.
The woe that I am talking about here is how Revilla can be able to establish his credibility, which is his main defensive game plan in absolving himself, now that he has withdrawn all that money?
He has been saying all the time that the truth will set him free and that he can prove it in court that all the money he has amassed are legit, considering that he is an actor who started the trade at a young age and, now, a highly paid actor to boot, so, then, why the closing of accounts if he is that confident about his scrupulous earnings?
What is so striking about the bank accounts of Revilla and his family, according to Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) investigator Leigh Vhon Santos, is that all deposits were made in cash.
This prompted Santos to comment that to be paid large amount of money in cash is “not usual business practice.” And neither is depositing large amount in cash.
It will be remembered that during Revilla’s bail hearing for plunder case over the pork barrel scam, Santos said opening multiple bank accounts is indicative of a money laundering scheme.
He also said Revilla’s closure of all his 81 bank accounts when the scandal was blown wide open indicates illicit activities.
“The closure of bank accounts when the Priority Development Assistance Funds (PDAF) circulated in the media is indicative of a criminal mind,” Santos said.
The AMLC lawyer’s explanation cannot get better, clearer and more damnatory than this.
I can only wonder where Revilla is keeping all his withdrawn millions now.
The bath tub?
Like his benefactor, Janet Lim-Napoles, why not?