Public cautioned on press releases vs Bong

by Paolo Romero, The Philippine Star

Posted at Jun 22 2014 12:11 PM | Updated as of Jun 22 2014 08:11 PM

MANILA - Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez cautioned yesterday the people against getting influenced by the expected flood of press releases, statements and commentaries projecting a guilty image of Sen. Ramon Revilla Jr.

Romualdez, leader of the so-called independent bloc in the House of Representatives and president of the Lakas-Christian and Muslim Democrats which Revilla chairs, said now that the senator has voluntarily turned himself in to the Sandiganbayan, the people should be wary of statements from different sources on the issue, and rely only on the pronouncements of the anti-graft court.

“Just because he has been confined at the PNP Custodial Center does not mean that Sen. Bong Revilla Jr. is already guilty of plunder over the pork barrel scam,” the lawmaker said.

A lawyer himself, Romualdez said under the law, it’s only the Sandiganbayan which has the legal and moral authority to declare Revilla guilty or not.

“Nobody else can, not even President Aquino or his spokespersons, the media or any private individual,” he said.

“Whoever tries to condition or influence the public mind of the senator’s guilt in any manner whatsoever is the one who’s trying to cover up something unlawful and immoral,” he added. He cited the “brave and humble gesture” of Revilla to cooperate with the Sandiganbayan.