Sandiganbayan rejects Revilla’s motion to quash plunder raps

To inform him of his charges violates his constitutional right to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation against him, and his right to due process of law.

He argued that the information against him also does not constitute an offense of plunder, and thus must be quashed pursuant to Section(a) Rule 117 of the Rules of Court.

"Wherefore, for the foregoing reasons, accused Revilla respectfully prays that the Information in the instant case be quashed," Revilla's motion said.

Revilla surrendered and was detained at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center in Quezon City in 2014 for plunder for allegedly pocketing Php 224.5 million in kickbacks from his PDAF in the scheme of using the pork barrel fund in ghost projects by Napoles.

Also detained for plunder is former Senator Jose "Jinggoy" Estrada, who was denied bail while accused of pocketing Php 183.7 million kickbacks.

Enrile, who is now out on bail, is accused of receiving Php 172.8 million kickbacks.

Their plunder and graft charges were filed before the Sandiganbayan by the Office of the Ombudsman's (Ombudsman) Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) in June 2014. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency