Palace reacts to Bong's arrest

By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 20 2014 01:19 PM | Updated as of Jun 20 2014 09:19 PM

MANILA - A Palace official welcomed the issuance of a warrant of arrest for Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr., calling it a "significant step forward in the judicial process."

Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma said, "Ang pagpapalabas ng kautusan sa pag-aresto kay Senador Revilla at iba pang sangkot sa usapin ng plunder bunsod ng umano'y maling paggamit ng pondo ng bayan ay isa pang mahalagang hakbang sa pagsulong ng proseso ng katarungan."

"Nananalig kami na sa pamamagitan ng patas at makatuwirang paglilitis, mabibigyang linaw kung sino ang may pananagutan, at sino ang walang sala. Kaisa kami ng sambayanan sa pag-asang matutuklasan ang buong katotohanan at iiral ang katarungan," he added.

The anti-graft court's First Division ordered Revilla arrested on a charge of plunder for allegedly siphoning his Priority Development Assistance Funds (PDAF) into kickbacks through bogus projects implemented by bogus groups allegedly led by Janet Lim Napoles.

Plunder is a non-bailable offense.

On Thursday, Coloma guaranteed that the rights of those arrested will be respected.

"We respect his right to express his sentiments. Our law enforcers will perform the duty assigned by the courts in accordance with law, and with due respect to the rights of concerned individuals," he said.