SENATOR Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. has asked the Sandiganbayan First Division to allow him to cast his vote in the May 9 presidential election in Bacoor, Cavite.
In a four-page motion, Revilla invoked his innocence in pursuing her right to suffrage after he was charged of plunder and multiple counts of graft.
“It is a basic rule that it is only upon conviction that an accused is deprived of his right of suffrage. Before conviction, an accused is entitled to the continuous enjoyment of his civil and political rights, especially his right to participate in his government and express his political will,” the motion said.
Revilla was accused of pocketing P224 million in pork barrel funds that were purportedly channeled to the bogus foundations of alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles.
He cited Commission on Elections (Comelec) Resolution No. 9371 where a prisoner can still vote in a special polling precinct where he or she is currently detained or in a regular polling precinct.
Since there is no polling precinct in the Philippine National police (PNP) Custodial Center at Camp Crame in Quezon City, Revilla asked that he be permitted to vote in Bacoor, Cavite where he is a registered voter.
“From the foregoing, Sen. Revilla respectfully beseeches this Honorable Court to allow him to vote at Polling Precinct no. 0469-A in Bacoor, Cavite on 9 May 2016, subject to the terms and condition which this Honorable Court may impose,” the motion said.