MANILA - Sen. Bong Revilla on Tuesday said he had no plans of leaving the country even before the Sandiganbayan issued a hold departure order against him.
In a statement, Revilla said he expected the issuance of the HDO since the anti-graft court had issued a similar order on Monday.
"It was expected, lalo na at nauna nang lumabas yung kay Senator Jinggoy kahapon. Wala naman akong balak umalis. As I have said over and over, I will face the accusations against me," he said.
Associate Justice Efren dela Cruz, chairperson of the Sandiganbayan First Division, ordered the Bureau of Immigration (BOI) to prevent Senator Revilla, businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles, and the following people from leaving the country:
- Richard Cambe, a member of Revilla's staff;
- Mario Relampagos, Department of Budget and Management (DBM) undersecretary;
- Marilou Bare, DBM official;
- Rosario Nuñez, DBM official;
- Lalaine Paule, DBM official;
- Dennis Cunanan, former Technology Resource Center (TRC) director general;
- Antonio Ortiz, former TRC director general;
- Francisco Figura, TRC employee;
- Marivic Jover, TRC employee;
- Rosalinda Lacsamana, TRC employee;
- John Raymond de Asis, Napoles' employee;
- Ronald John Lim, Napoles' nephew;
Revilla has been accused of pocketing about P242 million from his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) by allegedly funneling them to fake non-government organizations controlled by Napoles.
He has denied this allegation, saying his signatures in the PDAF releases were forged.
Sixteen graft cases and one plunder case were filed against Revilla and others before the Sandiganbayan.