For lack of a better description I just used the word ‘overwhelmingly’ to mean also that what was once a sizable bank deposit allegedly coming from a shady transaction entered into by Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon Revilla with businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles, diverting millions of their Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to bogus NGOs in exchange for commissions, has been depleted to bare-bones that if people do not know who they owners are, one would think they are just middle-class people.
But because people now know who Revilla and Estrada is – to include Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile – to read that what is left of their bank accounts now, P291,205.62 and P70,504.10, respectively, makes the public more aware how canny and deceptive they truly are.
To be more precise, on April 20, 2015 it was reported that ‘after combing through bank accounts owned by detained Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., the sheriff’s office of the Sandiganbayan revealed that it only found P291,205.62 in the senator’s accounts.’
On April 28, 2015 the same articulation was used on Estrada’s revealing ‘that so far it has only found a measly P70,504.10 in one of the senator’s accounts.’
My thinking is that if it could happen in one bank account, what is preventing Estrada from doing the same on his other bank accounts to have the truth hidden?
The only point why I am bringing up the issue of depleted bank accounts of these ‘honorable’ senators is to question why does this happen this way all the time when ‘freezing of assets’ are talked about?
Haven’t we learned yet from the case of the millions of frozen bank accounts of ousted chief justice Renato Corona? It was reported that the anti-graft court discovered that it has frozen a total of only P9,295.44 in deposits of the Corona couple from four bank accounts.
I don’t think Revilla and Estrada, like Corona, are smarter than the justices of the Sandiganbayan.
The problem is that the Sandiganbayan is giving away too many information too soon that their words and deeds get preempted by the accused, thus, making a mockery of justice.
Perhaps, for any Juan de la Cruz in public service who faces graft and plunder charges, freezing his assets in the bank will work, when it calls for it.
What the Sandiganbayan should remember is that Revilla and Estrada, like Corona, are not ordinary people. They are not only rich and influential, but also have ears and eyes all over the place, that people like them are always a step ahead of anybody, more especially when their power and wealth are threatened.