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Estelito Mendoza’s magic works again! Revilla’s trial delayed anew

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By James Hernandez

Former Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. has been accused of delaying the conduct of the plunder trial against him at the Sandiganbayan.

“This Honorable Court is a court of law and noble magistrates. It cannot be hypnotized by accused Revilla’s chanting of repeated arguments, which were passed upon by this Honorable Court,” read the pleading filed by the prosecution before the Sandiganbayan 1st Division.

The prosecution filed its opposition against Revilla’s motion requiring the prosecution to identify the evidence that he amassed.

In its opposition, the prosecution said “accused Revilla cannot and should not be allowed to feign ignorance of the aforesaid testimonial and documentary evidences, including this Honorable Court’s ruling thereon.”

“Stated clearly, he is well aware of the pieces of evidence he needs to rebut or refute,” it said.

“The present Urgent Motion is, in a way, a circumvention of his Honorable Court’s Resolution admitting the documentary evidence of the prosecution, as well as the Resolutions denying accused Revilla’s Motion for Leave to File Demurrer to Evidence and Motion for Reconsideration of such denial,” it added.

Revilla was supposed to start presenting his evidence in the trial back in January but was repeatedly pushed back.

It was again postponed due to the pending motion he filed.

Revilla is facing before the Sandiganbayan plunder and 16 counts of graft in connection to the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam.

Under the charges, Revilla is accused of having amassed P242 million in kickbacks from his co-accused, pork barrel scam brains Janet Lim Napoles, in exchange for choosing her non-government organizations to implement ghost projects funded by his PDAF.

The former senator is currently detained at the Custodial Center of the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City.