THE Sandiganbayan First Division has scheduled the trial proper of detained Senator Ramon Revilla Jr.’s plunder case on Jan. 12, 2017, or two years since it was filed before the anti-graft court.
The anti-graft court said this would continue every Thursday and would be held twice a day or during morning and afternoon sessions.
The Sandiganbayan First Division finished the pre-trial on Revilla’s plunder case after wrapping up the marking of documentary evidence and the list of witnesses to be presented by defense and prosecution panels.
But the two panels have yet to finish their pre-trial on Revilla’s 16 counts of graft cases.
In another decision, the Sandiganbayan First Division ordered the 90-day preventive suspension of North Cotabato Gov. Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza in connection with her graft case that stemmed from questionable diesel purchase from her mother’s gas station.
The order was sent to the Department of the Interior and Local Government for implementation.
Taliño-Mendoza, who has posted P90,000 bail for her temporary liberty, is facing trial in connection with her alleged anomalous 49,526.72 liters diesel procurement worth P2.4 million in 2010 from the Taliño Shell Station owned by her mother.
The anti-graft division also issued a hold departure order against her.
She was accused of violating Section 3 (e) of Republic Act 3019 or.the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.
Revilla has been detained at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center at Camp Crame in Quezon City.
He was accused of pocketing P224 million in commissions and kickbacks for allegedly downloading his pork barrel funds to bogus non-government organizations of alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles.
Napoles is Revilla’s co-accused in plunder and graft cases.