Bong Revilla’s request to attend daughter’s debut hit as ‘special privilege’
State prosecutors opposed the request of detained senator Ramon Revilla Jr. to attend the debut of her daughter Loudette even as he is detained for plunder over the pork barrel scam.
In a comment opposition filed before the antigraft court First Division, the Office of the Special Prosecutor said allowing Revilla to attend her daughter’s 18th birthday is tantamount to a special privilege.
They said the court had long been denying Revilla’s request to attend social events, the latest being his denied bid to attend Loudette’s graduation ceremonies.
The court had said that allowing Revilla while he faces plunder is a “mockery of the administration of justice.”
“Allowing Revilla to attend a social event, that is, the birthday celebration of his daughter, is tantamount to granting him a special privilege that is not accorded to an ordinary prisoner, and will unduly create an impression to the public that accused Revilla, being a high-ranking public official, is a favored detainee,” the prosecutors said.
The prosecutors said that while it understands “Revilla’s desire to witness first-hand a milestone in his daughter’s life,” his pending plunder trial limit the senator’s movement.
They added that the court should ensure that Revilla is not allowed to escape especially because his bail had been denied.
“Considering the gravity of the offense charged against him,.. the Honorable Court must restrict Revilla’s movement as a detention prisoner, so as not to afford Revilla the opportunity, however remote, to escape from incarceration,” they added.
In his motion for leave, Revilla asked the permission of the Sandiganbayan First Division to attend the 18th birthday celebration of daughter Ma. Fraznel Loudette Bautista at Bellevue Hotel, Alabang, Muntinlupa city on Oct 24, 2015 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
“As part of the family-oriented Filipino culture, during Loudette’s 18th birthday, her parents would present her to society as a young lady coming of age and formally turning into an adult,” Revilla’s motion read.
“It is a tradition which daughters and their families prepare for, look forward to, and treasure for the rest of their lives. As a father, Senator Revilla wishes to perform his obligations and be part of Loudette’s special day,” it added.
The court had not allowed Revilla to attend the graduation of Loudette last March, saying Revilla as a detention prisoner cannot enjoy the full enjoyment of his rights.
Revilla is detained for plunder for allegedly receiving P224.5 million in kickbacks from his pork barrel or Priority Development Assistance Funds through the ghost projects of accused mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles.