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Idol si kap! San Beda dean tells how to get away with plunder ala Bong Revilla


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San Beda Graduate School of Law dean Fr. Ranhilio Aquino has come up with a creative analogy to explain the Sandiganbayan’s decision to acquit former senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. of plunder.

Aquino likened Revilla’s acquittal to someone who is cleared of theft charges because he didn’t mean to get his officemate’s wallet.

“If you bring home your officemate’s wallet, thinking in all good faith that it is yours, and your officemate later on charges you with theft, you will, in all probability be acquitted absent any proof that you intended to defraud your colleague, but you will still be ordered to return the wallet and its contents for the simple reason that it is not yours,” he said in an interview.

Voting 3-2, the Sandiganbayan said Revilla cannot be held liable for plunder because the prosecution failed to prove his guilt beyond reasonable doubt.

The anti graft court, however, convicted businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles and Revilla’s former chief of staff, Richard Cambe, of plunder over the pork barrel scam.

Revilla was accused of amassing P224.5 million in ill gotten wealth by misusing his Priority Development Assistance Fund allocation.

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