Revilla returns from Holy Land

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Sunday, April 13, 2014


SENATOR Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. returned to the country on Sunday after spending two weeks in Israel seeking divine intervention for the plunder case he is facing in relation to the pork barrel scam.

Revilla, along with his wife Cavite Representative Lani Mercado and three children, arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Pasay City on Sunday afternoon as he delivered his promise not to escape from the charges against him.

"Mas lalo tayong nabigyan ng liwanag sa mga nangyayari sa kapaligiran. Mas lalo kong nakilala ang Panginoon," Revilla said of his trip.

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"Nandito na po ako at haharapin ko ang mga ibinabato ninyo sa akin," he added.

Revilla's lawyer, Joel Bodegon, earlier said his client will make an announcement upon his return but refused to give any hints so as not to pre-empt the senator.

Revilla has been accused of pocketing P224.5 million from his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) through ghost projects of fake non-government organizations (NGOs) linked to businesswoman Janet Napoles.

While on vacation, the Office of the Ombudsman announced that it found probable cause to file the case before the Sandiganbayan but the senator asked graft investigators last week to reconsider.

Revilla said his constitutional rights were violated when he was not given copies of the witnesses’ affidavits, which he could use to refute the allegations. (Third Anne Peralta/Sunnex)

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