Sandigan junks bid to transfer Revilla to Taguig jail

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

THE anti-graft court Sandiganbayan junked on Thursday the prosecution's motion to transfer Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. to a regular jail.

In the resolution, Sandiganbayan first division denied the request of state prosecutors to transfer Revilla at the Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City, for lack of merit.

"The court is not persuaded. There is nothing in the provisions [stated] which expressly or implied lot supports the view of the prosecution... it hardly supports the prosecution's contention that prisoners undergoing trial, including the accused here, should only be detained in jail. Indeed said law merely provides the establishment of a jail in every district, city and municipality… in the light of the foregoing, the prosecution’s Motion to Transfer the Place of Detention of Accuse, dated July 8, 2014 is hereby denied for lack of merit," the resolution stated.

The prosecution earlier said the continued detention of Revilla and his co-accused Richard Cambe in their present prison cells at the PNP Custodial Center inside Camp Crame, Quezon City, "is without legal basis" since it is not a legitimate "detention facilities."

"It is respectfully prayed that the Honorable Court issue an Order transferring the detention of the accused Revilla, Cambe… from PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City… to the BJMP facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City, or other similar facilities of the BJMP," the motion read.

Revilla is accused of amassing P224-million in kickbacks by channeling his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) allocations to the fake non-government organizations of alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles.

The prosecution said in their motion that aside from lack of basis, the continued detention of the accused at their present locations affords them special treatment as they are subjected to different rules and procedure not afforded to all other detention prisoners under BJMP control.

"Accused special treatment creates a negative image of the country's court and justice system. It casts doubt on the government's capacity to afford equal protection of the law to all citizens," the motion read. (Sunnex)

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