MANILA - The Sandiganbayan First Division denied Thursday the motion by Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. and several of his co-accused to suspend proceedings in the multimillion pork barrel scam.
Associate Justice Efren Dela Cruz said the First Division will continue with the court proceedings unless restrained by the Supreme Court.
The defense panel argued that there is a pending motion filed by the Office of the Ombudsman before the Supreme Court requesting for the creation of special courts that will exclusively try the plunder and graft charges against Revilla, Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile, Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, Janet Lim Napoles and other accused in the pork scam.
Prosecutors, however, pointed out that the Supreme Court already ordered the Sandiganbayan to proceed with the raffle of the cases, which means that the proceedings can continue.
The Sandiganbayan First Division, meanwhile, said the ruling on Revilla's motion for judicial determination of probable cause will be out within 10 days.
Lawyer Joel Bodegon, counsel of Revilla, said the proceedings against the accused in the pork scam seem to be rushed. Report by Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News