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Ganyan talaga: Palace respects decision clearing Bong Revilla of plunder


By Prince Golez

Malacanang on Friday welcomed the Sandiganbayan decision acquitting former senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. on plunder charges in connection with the Priority Development Assistance Fund scam.

Earlier today, the anti-graft court cleared Revilla of plunder and found pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles and Revilla’s former chief of staff Richard Cambe guilty of plunder and sentenced them to reclusion perpetua or imprisonment of up to 40 years.

“The judiciary has performed its constitutional duty of dispensing justice. While justice grinds so slow most of the time, it does grind, and when it stops it renders a verdict that is exacting immutable,” said Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo in a statement.

“Regardless of the sentiments to the contrary, we have to bow down to the judgment of the Sandiganbayan. We have consistently respected the independence of the Judiciary and we will continue to do so in this case as we implement the final orders of the anti-graft court on the matter,” he added.

Panelo pointed out that both parties, who feel aggrieved by the Sandigan ruling, “may still pursue remedies available under our procedural laws.”

The Duterte administration “takes stock of the lessons learned from cases involving unconstitutional discretionary funds and has implemented measures to ensure the integrity of the national budget and its proper utilization for our people,” the chief legal counsel concluded.