There is nothing more pleasing to the ears of those who had been following the scandalous PDAF or pork barrel scam than to hear that one of the senators involved, Ramon “Bong” Revilla, has been denied bail for the plunder and graft charges against him.
What is even more gratifying is that the Sandiganbayan First Division has decided on it with finality, which means that Revilla would have to remain in detention until the trial of his plunder and graft cases is concluded. He is currently detained at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City.
Note that Revilla is facing one count of plunder and 16 counts of graft for allegedly allocating portions of his PDAF to fake foundations from 2006 to 2010 created by the alleged mastermind of the P10-billion pork barrel scam businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles, in exchange for kickbacks amounting to P224.5 million.
The evidences against Revilla must be strong that not only his plea for freedom has been definitely denied, but the prosecutors have also asked the Sandiganbayan to have his assets frozen.
For somebody like Revilla and his wife, Bacoor City Rep. Lani Mercado, who are said to have the propensity of using aliases, the prosecutors’ request are valid so it can’t be moved or transferred while the plunder case against Revilla is on-going.
That said, I am sure Revilla will now make this issue his leverage in making people believe that he is suffering from political persecution, thus, making him more determined to run for the presidency in 2016 election.
Revilla thinks that with his popularity and his thespian advantage of literally crying for sympathy votes, that it will get him propelled to Malacañang Palace.
But all is wishful thinking and he could never be more wrong in his presumption.
The people know better who Revilla is now.
A lot may have been fooled by Revilla’s acting prowess, but the majority of Filipinos, whose trust in him had been betrayed when he sold his soul to the devil forsaking the needs of the poor in favor of helping a scammer in exchange for a kickback, understand now how to get even, and that is by frustrating him during election time.
Besides, Revilla and his ilk that includes Sen. Jinggoy Estrada are burden to the people and is scourge to the nation’s progress.