- Sandiganbayan ruled that Bong Revilla is not guilty of plunder
- Revilla said he expected the decision
- He is aiming for a Senate seat next year
Former Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. on Friday said he wasn’t surprised by the Sandiganbayan’s ruling to acquit him of plunder regarding the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel scam case.
“Of course because I know that I’m not guilty. Noon ko pa sinasabi na wala akong kasalanan,” he said as per a GMA News story as cited in reporter Maki Pulido’s video.
[Of course, because I know that I’m not guilty. As I’ve been saying before, I am not guilty.]
The video, moreover, shows Revilla being hugged by his children and supporters; also seen wiping away tears.
He said he plans to spend the next few days with his family.
The Sandiganbayan’s decision, based on The Daily Sentry‘s post, ruled in majority that the actor is not guilty of earning a multi-million worth of kickbacks via bogus non-government organization (NGOs) linked to businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles.
Meanwhile, Napoles and Revilla’s staff Richard Cambe were found guilty and sentenced with reclusion perpetua or a maximum of 40 years of imprisonment.
Revilla, who was detained at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame since 2014, is seeking to return in the Senate in next year’s midterm election.
His wife, ABS-CBN News said, filed his certificate of candidacy in October at the Commission of Elections office in Intramuros, Manila.
He is running under President Rodrigo Duterte’s daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio’s regional party Hugpong ng Pagbabago which recently teamed-up with Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada’s Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino.
Meanwhile, Revilla’s family is overjoyed on their head of the family’s acquittal, as evident in this video shared by Balitanghali of GMA via YouTube: