Senators welcome, score Sandigan decision

December 07, 2018
Gringo Honasan
Gringo Honasan

SENATOR Gringo Honasan yesterday asked the nation to "move on" after the Sandiganbayan acquitted former Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. in his plunder case involving multi-million peso pork barrel funds.

Honasan in his statement sent to the media said that "due process" and "rule of law" were observed in the trial of Revilla.  

"If these things can happen to high officials, can you imagine what is inflicted on ordinary citizens, basta't i-envoke lang due process and rule of law," he said.

"To me, that can allow us to move forward, move on na tayo as long as these two conditions are met: rule of law and due process," he added.

Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III meanwhile said that with the acquittal, he expects to see Revilla back in the Senate next year. But not all senators were pleased with the court’s decision.  

Senator Panfilo "Ping" Lacson said that though he is happy for Revilla, he also felt "weak and defeated" by the decision since it is his advocacy to fight pork barrel.

“As a former colleague and friend, I am happy for ex Sen Bong Revilla,” Lacson wrote on Twitter on Friday.

“As a strong advocate against the pork barrel system, I feel weak and defeated,” he added.

Oppositon Senator Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan on the other hand is questioning the court's decision.

"Paano naging guilty ang nanuhol pero not guilty ang sinuhulan? Mahirap unawain ang naging pasya," Pangilinan said referring to the acquittal of Revilla but conviction of "pork barrel queen" Janet Napoles.