SC won't stop filing of plunder case vs Revilla yet

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

BAGUIO CITY (Updated) -- The Supreme Court (SC) has not issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) that would have stopped the Office of the Ombudsman from investigating and filing the plunder charges before the Sandiganbayan against Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. for alleged misuse of pork barrel funds.

In a press briefing on Tuesday, SC spokesperson Theodore Te said the Court directed the Ombudsman and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to comment within 10 days on the petition and the need for issuing the TRO.

The oral argument previously scheduled on April 22 was also canceled.

Revilla went up to the SC after Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales stood by the resolution of the special panel of investigators to push through with the evaluation of the charges against the senator and his staff Richard Cambe.

Morales followed it up with the release last week of the resolution that found probable cause against the senator for allegedly channeling his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to the fake non-government organizations (NGOs) of businesswoman Janet Napoles, from whom he allegedly got a kickback of P224.5 million.

The senator appealed the resolution with the Ombudsman on Monday. (Sunnex)

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